Every one seeks happiness in life; great expectations from without; Little realizing that happiness is within our selves; I took a whole lifetime to realize that...just want to share with you my friends...
Seeking HappinessSeeking happiness all my life,
I have been desperately waiting for it
Anxiously questioning myself at every bend:
Am I happy?
Is this happiness?
Is this fulfillment?
Even when I decided: yes it is!
Apprehension kept gnawing at my heart:
Will it stay, will it last?
Just the thought making me
Unhappy in the bargain...
But, happiness eluded me,
(Or, at least I thought it did),
I guess I was waiting for it
To come from outside,
To fall into my lap, of its own...
Then, never to be the one
To remain down for long, I decided:
What the heck! Let it be!
I'll not seek happiness from without:
Why depend on something, I have no power
No, power to hold!
What I cannot change, I cannot change!
But, what I can change is myself,
My expectations, my outlook...
I tell you, it was not an easy decision to make,
It took me all my life to understand:
I decided to seek happiness from within:
By doing things I always wanted to do,
By doing things I enjoy doing,
(And not what I ought to do
Or, thought I should do
That is to be politically correct?),
Just be myself!
I took only one precaution:
Never to step on anybody's toe
While doing so...
That moment I decided that,
I began to enjoy myself,
To stop and savour the moment that was,
And now I do exactly what I want to do
(Like inflicting this poem on you!)
And I am happy!
I think now:
Why did I lose all those years?
In pursuit of a mirage;
I think the happiness has been within me
And that makes me happy,
I make other around me happy
That in turn makes me happy,
Things have come full circle....
I don't know,
Think whatever you may?
But, that makes sense to me...
I am tranquil,
More in tune with myself
More at peace with myself...
And I think that is happiness...
Author: Zoya Zaidi
Aligarh (UP), India
Copyright©: Zoya Zaidi
Sketch by and ©: Zoya Zaidi
Poetry by Zoya Zaidi
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Written on 2006-10-26 at 05:00
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