Inherent joy

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Poetry  |  House: Booksie Classic
Happiness is the accompaniment and result of a well lived life. A life lived in the service of others, in quality time spent with your friends and family, in reaching to new heights and success on your own principles. Self-help books and motivational speakers do little to add to what we as humans know inherently. They can only increase our misery by pointing out that we don't live life the way they recommend. But who said their way was right? In trying to reach their measure of success we lose our existing happiness.

Submitted: November 12, 2013

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What good is it when one's whole life is sought to nothing but ambition
And a constant desire to succeed is even marring our sleep
When the peacefulness we have sought to find from rest after a day of labor
Is no where to be found because it has been replaced by our desire to succeed

When our mind is constantly at battle with thoughts that are not our own
When we are at constant preoccupation with such bits and borrows and loan
When the desire to be happy is but unfailingly causing us unhappiness
And not of that our own but also of those we hold dear

Alas in books we think we shall find hidden keys to our happiness
And orators can only talk of wisdom that wasn't first their own
They will entrance us with words but only for their gain
And like moths we will draw to the fire and eventually burn!

Burn we will with desire and ambition and greed!
And forget simplicities and laughter and the little joys
Idle moments of retrospect, blithe moments of existence
Even happy foolishness I may add
That stem from the peaceful mind of a man happy with himself

I long for a vacant mind, waft of thought and naught
Where ambition might linger but peace can coexist!
Where simple love can conquer all eloquent philosophies of ages
For human hearts have eternally known that secret recipe for joy


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