Friday, March 30, 2007

The Pursuit of Happyness

So we rented this movie two nights ago. I absolutely loved it. It's about a man, a father who just has the worst luck in the world and wants to change his stars. He is determined to make something of himself for his family. Every obstacle is thrown at him and yet he just keeps going with this unbreakable spirit. He loses everything...his wife...his money...his apartment...his bone density scanners... and yet he never gives up.

There is a quote in this movie from Thomas Jefferson. The entire quote reads like this:

"We hold these truths to be sacred and undeniable, that all men are created equal and independent, that from that equal creation they derive rights inherent and inalienable, among which are the preservation of life, and liberty, and the pursuit of happiness."

The part that Will Smith's character (Chris Gardner) focuses on is "the pursuit of happiness".
He asked how Thomas Jefferson knew to put the word PURSUIT in front of happiness. There is so much truth to that one word. Most people go their entire lives pursuing what makes them happy but they never get a chance to experience it. They let other's needs always come before their own. Always pleasing someone else. Making someone else happy.

It all goes back to the catchphrase "Follow your bliss". Follow your bliss and don't be afraid, and doors will open where you didn't know they were going to be.

I will leave you with this. Don't just follow your bliss. Don't just pursue your happiness. Find your bliss and find your happiness. It's time to focus on you.

It's time to focus on me. And that's just what I'm starting to do. ;)


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