Henry Fielding once said that "scarcely one person in a thousand is capable of tasting the happiness of others." It took me awhile to sort of figure out what he was getting at and to be honest, I'm still a bit confused. But what I gathered from it is that what you make of yourself is your own and only yours -- happiness included. Other people won't and can't steal that from you; it is up to you to do things that will help you in your "pursuit of happiness," to quote the Declaration of Independence.
I feel like these days it's easy to walk around and see only the distress, the pain, and the anguish of barely holding on in the eyes and body language of so many. Especially with things like terrorist attacks, victims of war, and economic depression, you can see just how tired people are all around. Go to New York City, take a ride on the subways, walk the sidewalks, even walk through the parks. Things are different. Life is harder. And it was never easy to begin with.
But there are people out there who are truly happy. And there are people that have been able to find that amazing happiness time and time again, and most importantly, hold on to it. But the lesson to be learned? As iterated before; you need to find it yourself. And like many an elusive accomplishment in life, it won't be easy. There will be things to surpass and hardships to go through. But I think it's truly possible. I just wish it wasn't so difficult to find to begin with.
The most interesting thing is that the quote says "scarcely one in a thousand." Well, wouldn't that mean that there are actually a few that are able to share the glorious feelings of their happiness? Perhaps this is what we call, soulmates. These people are just meant for each other and are able to together join in that pursuit of happiness, that journey to a fulfilling life.
So while it may be extremely hard to realize the happiness of others without some sort of internal connection, there are people out there where we can understand our happiness and there can be some sort of similar ground to work off of.
It's nice to know that after all that has happened in the past ten years or so, there's still hope. Better yet? The wisdom came from years ago before any of the current issues. Word up.