I love John Lennon. I love that he lived his truth no matter what anyone else thought he should be doing. And this quote in particular is a favorite of mine. Being happy should be everyone’s goal in life. It’s just that simple. It’s when folks feel they must have loftier goals that they become entangled with other people’s expectations and moral dilemmas, and the desire to be happy winds up taking a back seat to ambition, achievement, and accolades. What do we really need to be happy? We obviously need enough to eat and drink, a safe and health-promoting environment in which to live, satisfying work, and the reciprocal love and respect of family and friends. Do we truly NEED more than that to be happy? Are YOU happy? Right now, do you feel happy and contented? If not, why not? I ask myself this nearly every day. Some days the answer is giddily yes, but honestly most days I have to say I don’t know … and I acknowledge that this disparity is my own fault. For after all, the quality of my life and relationships is a reflection of my daily choices. And I believe this is caused by my losing sight of my intentions. Keeping one’s intention foremost in your mind is key to getting the results you want from your efforts and/or attitude. If you allow yourself to backslide into ambiguity, you lose sight of why and when … of desire and deduction … and of sacrifice and satisfaction. At that point, you are just goose stepping through life and no longer determining your own path. I urge you to take control back, to begin each day with a clear vision of WHAT you want to accomplish and WHY (thereby establishing intent), and then follow through. At the end of that day, you will feel more satisfied, more content, and more motivated to approach the next day the same way. Remember, happiness is not a destination; it is a process.