Friday, April 4, 2008

my first time

Since this is my first post, I am starting with the first essay I have formally written.

February 16, 2008

In regards to my writing, I was once told to ‘Do what makes you happy?’
What is happiness? Pleasure? Feeling of satisfaction? Contentment?

If we ever reach a point in our lives where we feel that we have achieved happiness, what else is there for us to attain?

As Americans, we believe that we are endowed with the rights of Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness. The pursuit, not achievement, should be our goal.

Whether it pertains to our relationships, employment, family, religious affiliation, or just in our hobbies, we can attempt to achieve the state of Happiness, even though it can never be achieved upon this Earth. True Happiness occurs after our physical death and the transition of our souls to a heavenly state.

So why should the pursuit exist, if it can never be achieved? The pursuit is what makes us human. We strive for love, wealth, possessions, and family. The pursuit gives us energy, makes us strong. It gives us the strength to endure failures and setbacks, but also the resolve to try again.

To give up on the pursuit is to give up on life. Being endowed with this life is a true blessing. None of us should waste it.

© 2008 Bernice Burks

What is Happiness to you?


  1. welcome to the blogging world, sis!

    timely post. i just happened to be up one night last week and FINALLY saw the film ( i know i'm late). but the art of pursuing has been on my mind for a while. i agree, the action of the pursuit aids in shaping who we are and who we become as people.

    fyi: did you know the original wording wasn't "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness..." it was "life, liberty, and the pursuit of property." i had a professor in college that argued that the pursuit of property would have been a better thing because property helped to establish voting rights, and as black folk, we would have been better off pursing property. i don't want to co-opt your post LOL, but i just wanted to mention that.

    keep postin!

  2. T: thanks, this should be fun

    tpw: i am always late with movies. i rarely see movies in a theater, unless it is expected to have exceptional graphics and sound effects. i prefer to purchase the dvd and watch it several times. it is amazing how much you can miss in a movie if you only see it once.
    btw, my pursuit of property is moving along, we just settled on the cabinet stain and countertops.


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