Pursuit of Happiness

Happiness is bliss. It’s a common English expression that many people never live by. The problem lies within the meaning of happiness. If we reflect upon our lives, we often feel as if happiness is something we are constantly pursuing, but never achieve.

Like a moment, its fleeting, and we are never able to fully grasp it.

Why is that?

We feel lonely, depressed, sad, angry even, at our current circumstances. Always wishing, if we had this I would be happy, or if I got that, I would find peace. This is a vicious cycle we all fall into.

To break this cycle we must reflect and understand what truly brings us happiness. This is the pursuit of it, and for the most part, we are pursuing wants not needs.

People think, if I get married I’ll find happiness. If I got that new phone I would be content. Once I have my own home I’ll be happy, but is that true?

It is in the nature of humans to continuously want more. We are always looking at the next thing, after I get a house I’ll want a bigger house. Narrated by Ibn Abas: the Prophet said, “If the son of Adam had two valleys of gold, he would wish for a third, for nothing can fill the belly of Adam’s son except dust, and Allah forgives him who repents to Him.”

Everything we need comes from Him. It’s really that simple. Its inside our minds where we make matters complex. Where doubt enters, and panic thrives. Our hearts know the truth, it’s where life is felt, where happiness lives. So take a breath, quite your mind, and pursue happiness through worship, growing it through gratitude.

– Omar, walking with happiness through the alleys of my heart