Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Dedication Vs. Happiness

Normally I keep my topics on this blog pretty light hearted.  I like my blog to be a place I can share the enjoyments of my life.

But just like life is, there are those times when not every aspect is necessarily enjoyable.  This past year I believe I have struggled a great deal with having to make choices.  (Well, if you know me, choices are always hard to make...I mean, all the snow cone flavors are good...right?)  

A decision that has always been hard for me is the decision between commitment, dedication, sticking to your guns, and just plain hanging in there...and then happiness.  Sometimes when we commit to something we think we will like, once we really get into it you find out it isn't what we thought.  You know...when there's no other way to put it than just utter disappointment.  Or might I even add bitterness.

But, what should to do when that happens?  Obviously, you've already committed.  You shouldn't turn your back now, and things always look better to others when you stick with things - whether you like them or not.

At what point should we draw the line between dedication and happiness?

I do not have the answer to this.  I already told, you I'm poor at these types of decisions.  As I reflect over the past year and I see that I chose the commitment and dedication route.  It hasn't been a route that I come home at night and thought that I was glad about...but on the other hand kept telling myself that in the long run I would be rewarded for remaining steady regardless of how I felt.  Now that I look back, I'm starting to wonder if true happiness does not in itself lead to the type of dedication I would like to have about various aspects of my life.

There are a few things I know for sure - it is the love of family and friends, my love with Tyler, and God's love for us.  As for the rest, it could all just be up in the air for me.

Here's to my envy for all of you who have passion, direction and purpose in your lives.

What are your thoughts on important decisions in your life?  Does happiness always trump being steady in a choice you committed to in the past?  Or are there times when you think that happiness is just an emotion, and true dedication perseveres regardless of the emotions?

1 comment:

  1. I think deep down, we all know what's best for us. Sometimes we want to over analyze it, but in the end, I've found in my life, I usually know the answer and know what's right for me...even if it's not what I want to do.

    I think many things go into happiness, the biggest of which is a positive attitude, wanting to be happy, and not letting others get you down.

    I've found my happiness focusing on the good and not the bad. It looks like you're on the right track!

    FYI: I'm visiting from the blog hop, and if you want a chuckle, mine is a humor blog. It won't make your life decisions easier, but it will hopefully make your day a little brighter. :-)


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