It might be a pie-in-the-sky question as we begin this, the first week of June, but it could make us think.
How happy are you?
Nothing personal, you understand. Just thought I’d ask.
The issue came up last week minutes before I left the house, when Mrs. Tait was listening to Tencer and Gross on 630 CHED. Co-host Andrew Grose talked about when his kids were smaller and he talked to them minutes before they fell asleep.
Andrew asked what they wanted to be when they were older.
Doctors, firefighters, police officers or astronauts, perhaps.
“I would only accept one answer,” Andrew said over the airwaves “I wanted them to tell me they would be happy.”
Interesting, isn’t it?
It certainly made me stop in my tracks and think. We program ourselves in choosing a life path — namely a career — but it doesn’t always guarantee that we will be happy. And since I am posting this on Monday when most of us are returning to work perhaps the point of being happy today is a lame question.
Another point could be that we are supposed to spend one-third of our day working — I know, we’re working longer hours in today’s world than our forefathers — but does that mean we suck it up for eight hours and return to our happy lives once we’re on our way home?
Andrew’s challenge to his kids is one of reverence. It also asks the question: are we doing enough for future generations to encourage them to be happy?
That’s a question for another day.
But I’m going to ask this one today…