Our simple conversation about happiness took a wide turn into serendipity.
While sharing lists of what makes us happy, I had a profound epiphany. All our happy scenarios were circumstantial, based on fortunate events and lovely experiences that either happened around us, to us, or were otherwise created by us to experience and enjoy in brief. It occurred to me “that’s a lot of work for some fleeting bliss ultimately dependent on the next one.”
To be continuously happy requires effort and exposure to things outside ourselves while being ‘content’ is a taskless, unavoidable state of peace within our circumstances whatever they are. Happiness is merely the ! at the end while contentment is the sentence before it we need not work to write simply because we let it fall into place, discovering serendipity is full of wonder and beauty, and exactly what our conversation that evening had very happily become.