Zero to Hero: Build on your last post

I’m falling woefully behind on the Zero to Hero tasks.  Some of them, I’m thinking I am going to skip or come back to later.  I am active on Facebook and Pintrest, but not quite ready to publicize each time I post to my blog.  I do plan on adding pages later on, but with only a dozen or so posts, I don’t think my blog really needs them yet.  So I think that gets me to task 21, build on the last post where you published something in a “new to you” format.

Happiness Makes Up In Height For What it Lacks In Length” is a title of a poem by Robert Frost.  Here’s the poem:

O stormy, stormy world, 
The days you were not swirled
Around with mist and cloud,
Or wrapped as in a shroud,
And the sun’s brilliant ball
Was not in part or all
Obscured from mortal view–
Were days so very few
I can but wonder whence
I get the lasting sense
Of so much warmth and light.
If my mistrust is right
It may be altogether
From one day’s perfect weather,
When starting clear at dawn
The day swept clearly on
To finish clear at eve.
I verily believe
My fair impression may
Be all from that one day
No shadow crossed but ours
As through its blazing flowers
We went from house to wood
For change of solitude.

I’ve had conversations about happiness with my husband a lot recently, when we speak about what we want for our purpose and our family’s purpose.   My younger self would call me a bitter old lady now, but I don’t believe in happiness as an end goal.  I believe I can work for a life free of fear, a life of understanding and personal growth.  I can look for beauty in things, I can practice patience.  I can learn to be content, but I can’t learn to be happy.  Moments of happiness are byproducts of all those things.  You just get moments, some last longer than others, but it’s not a constant state.  They leave memories for you to recall during the inevitable times of sadness; those clear, warm days that still shine in our minds when the world storms around us.

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7 comments

  1. This is a really interesting perspective on happiness – I like it. You’ve also intrigued me as to what ‘zero to hero’ is…. I’m going to read more to find out…

  2. Zero to Hero is meant to support you so feel free to adapt it as you see fit — and don’t worry about falling behind! It doesn’t become any less useful if it takes 40 days instead of 30 🙂

    Also — really enjoying the calm and clean look you your blog. Nice!

  3. Janna, I agree completely with your assessment of happy. So often, “happiness” is the final goal, that elusive end destination. But that’s so exhausting! What if someone/thing isn’t making me happy right now? What if I have a bad hair day? Do I just pick a new life? A new family? A new house? A new country? Orrrrrr….what if we let contentment be the engine? Happy will ALWAYS be a car on that train. If we make happy the engine and let it steer us, we’ll constantly be getting derailed. Great thoughts this morning. And I’m so glad to see I’m not the only slowpoke in this blogging gig. Happy weekend!

  4. I feel so much better after reading this post and the comments. I fell behind on ZeroToHero ages ago and feeling so bad about not being up to the challenge. I even took off the badge from my site because I felt like a bit of a failure each time I looked at it!

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