If you are feeling unhappy let the verses in this poem by Douglas Malloch give you encouragement to believe. The poem offers insight into happiness and reminds us that our attitude, and what we believe will determine our happiness. We all have a choice to make.
You have to believe in happiness,
Or happiness never comes.
I know that a bird chirps none the less
When all that he finds is crumbs.
You have to believe the buds will blow, -
Believe in the grass in the days of snow;
Ah, that's the reason a bird can sing -
On his darkest day he believes in Spring.
You have to believe in happiness -
It isn't an outward thing.
The Spring never makes the song, I guess,
As much as the song the Spring.
Aye, many a heart could find content
If it saw the joy on the road it went,
The joy ahead when it had to grieve,
For the joy is there - but you have to believe.
"You have to believe in happiness, or happiness never comes."
Happiness is not achievable unless you believe it will be so. It is the same for many other things in life. While most people may recognize what is
about to be said, far too many people don't. And, that is that happiness is not something that can be bought, begged for, manipulated, coerced or
forced. Happiness is not just a state of mind, it is a state also of action. For example, when you awake each morning, you have a choice. You have a
choice (mind) to be happy throughout the day no matter what life circumstances are thrown your way, or you have a choice to be grumpy, forlorn or
moody. The action part of happiness comes when you hit that first roadblock to what your mind has chosen in those first waking moments of the
morning. Maybe it occurs when you are driving to work and somebody cuts you off either unintentionally or by intention. This is when both a choice
(mind) and action (behavior) come into play at the same time. If you choose, you can have an outburst of anger followed by a menacing hand gesture, or
worse (road rage). In this case, the choice (mind) and action (behavior) occur almost simultaneously. So, what will it be? Will you give in and
abandoned your early morning choice to be happy, or will you choose to ignore your best intention and grovel in ill feelings? The choice is yours to
make each and every day.
"You have to believe in happiness - It isn't an outward thing.
Is happiness the instant joy of buying that brand new, flashy car? Is the happiness you experience tied to the latest promotion bringing you to a new
height of respect, money and privilege? Is happiness grounded in the footsteps of a child grown to become a caring and compassionate young man
or woman knowing that your unconditional love during their youth has help mold their character?
The firs two above questions are more likely to be an example of happiness described as something that is outward. In other words, this type of
happiness is dependent on something you get, or have purchased. The third question is more dependent on who you are and, is therefore, more
ascribed to an internal level of happiness. Why is this so? It is so because it is an inner most expression of love, caring, and sacrifice. It is not part of
an external getting of some materialistic thing. It is an act of inner happiness expressed through human behavior outwardly.
"For the joy is there - but you have to believe."
How fitting it is for the poet to end his poem with this verse. There is joy to behold in all life. And, yes, it may be more difficult to find or identify in
some lives; we all know this. But, out of bad often comes good - we just have to work a little harder to see it in some very trying circumstances.