The secret to life

 ...And here's the secret to life.
What would make you happy? What one thing?
We wait for that one thing to make our life complete. For a great husband. For a beautiful wife. For money. For a career. To publish a book. To become famous. To collect one more piece of art or jewelry. To have a child...or two. For a dream house. To meet that one person. And we hang our happiness on that one thing...if only.
What if you got it today, right now? Would that give you eternal happiness? What about tomorrow? Would the goal post move to something else? When we get what we want, we think, of course, we deserve it, and we rationalize why.
But the truth is that happiness lies not in the capture of the butterfly, not in the arrival, but in the chase, in the journey. We are problem solving machines.
Happiness is a byproduct of creating meaning in our lives, in creating a peaceful home for that husband, in supporting that beautiful wife with her dreams, in raising children that give back to society, in building a home that is a lighthouse, in a career that unselfishly goes beyond us, in writing words that empower the fallen.
The secret is inside of us all. We are made of love and meant to share love; we are made of light and are meant to share light. Our happiness is deeply intertwined with others'. Nothing and no thing matters but how we love one another, how we empower each other, how we give.