Happiness or Contentment?
Happiness. I have to admit I have conflicted feelings about this word. I know most people would say that happiness is what they want in life. I think most people would also say that happiness is what they want for their child(ren). But for some reason that goal never sits entirely comfortably with me. I resonate more with the word joy, and even more, with contentment. I’ve written before that these days I feel a sturdy sense of joy that is both new and hard-won. This steady, difficult-to-dislodge feeling approaches what I think of as contentment. I’m comfortable saying that feeling this is what I have always wanted. I’m not sure what my reservation is when it comes to “happiness,” and realize it’s probably just semantics. So, for this month, back to happiness.
The question is whether being here has made me happier.