The only way I know how to answer that is ME! Like Abe Lincoln (not Barac) use to always say “A person is about as happy as they make up their minds to be.” I’ve never looked for greatness but if whatever I am doing I am doing with all my heart and gut passion I think the ‘greatnes’ just follows along.
Comment by Claire: pink pig barbarian, etc — May 12, 2012 @ 6:20 am
Comment by Alan outback bacon czar — May 12, 2012 @ 8:10 am
A Satanist Federal Government.
Comment by JoeBandMember® — May 12, 2012 @ 9:49 am
Claire, anyone who can live up to their values has set the bar too low. Of course, you do not want to be like I because I am just too easy on my self with respest to my failings.
SondraK, the biggest impediment in life is the idea that you cannot start working towards a goal until you have accomplished some other goal. You are always on the path to Happiness / God / Zen / Whatever; you just have to take a step. If the step is in the wrong direction, you are just on a new path and just have to take a step.
Comment by Freddie Sykes — May 12, 2012 @ 11:49 am
Biggest obstacle is believing you need to achieve what others consider greatness or happiness.
I’ll never be great according to my own definition, so I don’t attempt it.
Happiness is not a permanent state. It’s episodic. Enjoy the episodes.
Comment by DougM (jackassophobe) — May 12, 2012 @ 5:23 pm
Happiness is overrated, and I have no idea what the hell “greatness” means. For me, “comfort” is not an obstacle, it’s my primary goal.
How greatness is defined varies from person to person.
I do stuff that I hate, but I like the positive results.
I do digital forensics. That means I get to slog through other peoples computers. Most of the exams I do involve exploitation of children in some form or another, so I see a lot of things that I don’t discuss among civil people. It could be easy to get distracted with money. (I barely clear 40K per year and see other people doing what I do for businesses in the six digit bracket -without the muck I have to dig through.) But I’ve helped get some nasty people away from kids for the long term. I don’t know if that’s great or not, but it’s what I’m doing.
To me happiness involves striving for better, but being content with the lot that you’re given. It seems that a lot of people become discontented and unhappy and constantly want more when they already have so much.
People should strive for more -for an improvement- but not so much that it ruins the peace that they have, or hurts the people around them.
Oh, and don’t forget control freaks. Nobody likes to be controlled by a control freak. That goes for congress.