The other day I was having a discussion with a friend of mine about happiness. We discussed what it was, what it meant to us, and what it looked like. I maintained that it is not a sustained feeling but that life is filled with moments of happiness that ebb and flow into our lives. I mentioned that we can be content with where we are in life while still working on a goal.
What we find now; however, is that people are not at all content with where they are and most do not have any idea about where they are going or where they would like to go because they do not stop to think about it. Most people seem to busy to do this because they are working on maintaining or getting through life. It is as if we are driving through a beautiful rain forest while ignoring all of its splendor, not even realizing that as we zoom in out vehicle, we are completely out of place.
I find that most people are indeed out of place in there lives because they have either ignored their talents/gifts or are not taking the time to figure out what that is. As I continued to have this conversation with my friend, we both came to conclusion that a piece of our happiness was encapsulated within doing and engaging in our talents. For myself is writing and for her it is designing. It was in doing these things that we found the most contentment, happiness and joy even when we are doing it with no monetary reward.
Do not miss out on your piece of happiness. Engage in your gifts and if you have not yet discovered what it is, work on finding out. Meditate on it and explore. You will find it and when you do, engage. It will be the most rewarding thing you do for yourself.