PHILOSOPHY OF HAPPINESS

 

 A THEORETICAL AND PRACTICAL EXAMINATION BY MARTIN JANELLO

should we wonder

what is wrong with someone

who’s warm without apparent reason

we ought to ask

what is wrong with us

 

 

 

separation

is the

original sin

 

 

 

what often first

stands in our way

is our opinion

of ourselves

 

 

 

she said a good day’s

when the right parts

are hurting

 

 

 

why should we care

if the weak don’t make it

when all in nature’s directed that way

because arrogance is our weakness

 

 

 

take heart

in your heart

and keep ownership

mind your mind

and keep independence

 

 

 

before you show anger

are cold or careless

avenge attack

or take advantage

before you hurt

your innate loving spirit

take a step back and consider

 

 

 

being gracious

when others are not

is most what grace is about

 

 

 

being what we claim to be

implies a constant struggle

 

 

 

canvas paint brush

hand mind inspiration

audience critic

all one

we must be

 

 

 

Try to avoid those who take friendliness as a weakness. Most of all, do not adjust to them.

 

 

 

the sole reason

humans can(’t) live

with each other

is an unaware mind

 

 

 

high bred monkeys

with cars and smart phones

 

 

 

we keep looking

for easy ways out

when there is no escape

 

 

 

carelessness of ignorant people

tends to define our conditions

 

 

 

good for no reason

some people make a life of it

 

 

 

knowing is only a temporary state

till we know enough

to question our knowledge

 

 

 

travel together

while you do your things

don’t ask or accept

major sacrifices

 

 

 

being with you

should be raptured elevation

for someone who’s loving you back

working on this is a dutiful art

applied in due course to every heart

 

 

 

people who think

things are out to get them

will often do the honors themselves

 

 

 

not caring who cares

must be done sometimes

but mostly we should

practice harmony

 

 

 

the minutes

the hours

the decades we miss

if we are not careful

our life will be this

 

 

 

Sacrificing yourself for others is supremely selfish because it causes enduring torture from inability to repay you unless others sacrifice themselves as well.

 

 

 

damages we all do to each other

thinking we are wise

humbleness is the virtue supreme

 

 

 

let this day live my dear

its brevity carry no fear

our history stay clear

and no thought spent on tomorrow

 

 

 

the best we can hope for

is not not to fade

but finding someone

who will do it with us

 

 

 

most people prefer

what is rare

having no sense

for abundant love

 

 

 

we fuss about life’s receipts

from inception

but there are no warranties

nor returns

 

 

 

an arc connects our first thought

through pastime to our last

life came and went too fast

 

 

 

be wary of those eager to connect

in one-way communications

 

 

 

do not fall

for numbing your mind

we’re made to feel pain for a reason

 

 

 

no good reason to ration love

 

 

 

something unsaid about

keeping your cake

is that it will spoil

if not eaten

 

 

 

being human

finally means

taking exception

to implied fate

 

 

 

Happiness has to do with coincidence, as its root implies. But another part is derived from making things happen.

 

 

 

happiness craves

expanding one’s senses

instead of hindering them

 

 

 

we exist

to help one another

to live work and die

in bliss and peace

moving thereby

toward humankind’s purpose

 

 

 

in two hundred years

most we’re fretting about

will be un or recycled trash

 

 

 

to be whole

surround yourself

with people

responding to kindness

 

 

 

history’s made

by insanely obnoxious

the rest of us try

to keep things together

 

 

 

Ask yourself who might be interested to prevent you from developing your own philosophy of a happy life, and for what purpose.

 

 

 

many who lowered their head

to be knighted

have been beheaded instead

 

 

 

everyone is our teacher

though we might learn

unintended lessons

 

 

 

our life is permeated by strings

they pull us but also give structure

 

 

 

crudeness never expresses strength

 

 

 

go resolute

and do it your way

soon you’ll regret

leaving love behind

 

 

 

The health of a relationship is measurable by how much you can stay yourself, and by how much you try to adjust another.

 

 

 

no heart of gold would be so bold

as to judge the value of people

its courage to encourage instead

won’t let its goodness get to its head

 

 

 

life will probably not get better

until we make it so

 

 

 

the you and the me

of this realm are unreal

 

 

 

wisdom of flowers

spring is coming

 

 

 

don’t send your heart

it might not come back

if addressees won’t return it

 

© 2013-2017 BY MARTIN JANELLO

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