It’s The Only Consequence I Enjoy

9 Aug

“Happiness is the consequence of personal effort. You fight for it, strive for it, insist upon it, and sometimes even travel around the world looking for it. You have to participate relentlessly in the manifestations of your own blessings.” — Elizabeth Gilbert.


Every once in a while I completely forget about insisting. I forget about the fight. I forget about the participation factor. I’m too tired. And in this exhaustion phase I think things will magically happen for me.

However, there’s no abra-cadabra or hocus pocus here. Just Guat reality. The kind that requires massive amounts of chocolate.

Then I read something like this and I snap myself out of it. I am reminded that everything I do takes a personal effort. No need to complain about the freebies I don’t get. If I want to lose weight and make my arms look like that of an Olympic Athlete (any sport will do), I need massive personal effort — the kind that requires loads of sweat. I’m just not gonna wake up and look at a Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Chick.

Hard work + perseverance = happiness. This is the formula.

But not everything in life follows that formula and produces immediate results. Sometimes things are long-term. Like acne or herpes. Now, I haven’t had any personal experience with either one, but I hear they both suck and their life span is pretty long. But aside from skin conditions and sexually transmitted diseases, personal effort goes a long way toward physical and emotional happiness.

Quotes like this remind me to continue being proactive. For some people happiness happens, easily. They wake up and BAM it’s there. However some of us have to work a little bit harder for it … participate relentlessly. Earn gray hairs and everything on your quest. But eventually when happiness is reached it’s a good feeling. I’ll tell you when I get there.

Happiness … it’s the only consequence I truly enjoy.



5 Responses to “It’s The Only Consequence I Enjoy”

  1. TBM August 10, 2012 at 5:12 AM #

    Fortunately I haven’t experience herpes. I feel for all who have. But I agree with the quote. And I’ve already started collecting my gray hairs.

  2. claywatkins August 10, 2012 at 10:43 AM #

    everything, or most of everything, I do has the consequence of happiness in mind when I start, but some times life gets in the way!

    • The Guat August 10, 2012 at 12:26 PM #

      I hear you brother. Life is all up in my business. 🙂

  3. lameadventures August 10, 2012 at 6:17 PM #

    Happiness is overrated. Give me a big bowl of snark. It tastes like chocolate (dark high octane cocoa content).

    • The Guat August 13, 2012 at 2:58 PM #

      Sometimes it is overrated. I’m gonna have to get some snark 🙂

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