Happiness lives with failure when failure brings enough money to live #1linerweds



Not the most inspiring quote.

Don’t we prefer something completely optimistic?

Do we want realism in our quotes?

In quote world, one phrase is enough and all your problems disappear.

Repeating it to yourself and to others can help to make it real.

As drops of water slowly fill a jar, so little quote drops fill the jar of your mind with impractical optimism.


But isn’t the reality of happiness more practical?

Perhaps my quote wouldn’t fit through the neck of most peoples happiness jar.

But how can you be happy without money in this world?

You can be happy with enough , you can learn to be frugal.

As Charles Dickens wrote :

Mr Micawber’s famous, and oft-quoted, recipe for happiness: “Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen [pounds] nineteen [shillings] and six [pence], result happiness. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pounds ought and six, result misery.”  –

There are so many definitions and images of successful lives around us. As if being successful and more rich is being happier and more right.

Yet we all fail in life. I have many times and I am still failing in various ways in many different ways.

Yet I am happy.

I have had enough success that my failures can accumulate without affecting the food on the table.

I can watch the sunrise or stay in bed safe and warm.

So my quote far fills up with drops of happiness, but I had to smash the top of it so those darned quote-drops would fit in.

How do you stay happy?

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26 thoughts on “Happiness lives with failure when failure brings enough money to live #1linerweds

  1. How do I stay happy? Good Question. For starters I have changed my idea of happiness from feeling excitement and joy to a more serene sensation of peace or relief. I make an effort to see failures as stepping stones along my path. I say yes more to things I like and some that I don’t because I feel better choosing something than pushing against anything. I take responsibility for everything in my life which empowers me to make different choices and walk a new path. I sometimes drink beer to borrow happiness from tomorrow. The short answer I guess is that I try to Go with the flow although I still swim against the current from time to time( It builds bigger muscles). Thank you for asking 🙂

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    • Drink beer to borrow happiness from tomorrow is a killer phrase 🙂 thanks for the comment. Lots to think about. More like contentment is the new happiness. Happiness is sort of a hallmark creation.. to get,to need,to chase after. Some seen guy would say if you didn’t have it already where would you go for it? Taking responsibility, accepting and forgiving my own failures, yeh, all that stuff 🙂

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  2. I am content! I don’t necessarily seek to be happy, but am happy in making others happy. I read, yesterday, of a very rich man who takes great delight in giving huge tips to waiters or waitresses after enjoying a good meal. He can easily afford it. This gives him great joy. The more so if the tip is not discovered until after he has gone. He is happy thinking of the others’ joy and delight at such an unexpected, and, maybe, very much needed boost to their lives. I can understand that, and would seek to do the same, although on a much smaller, and diverse scale. That makes me happy!

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  3. You are indeed a rebel Tim … it takes many drop of water to make a waterfall but it can happen 🙂
    I meditate, live within my means and try to leave as little carbon footprint as possible … this keeps me happy 🙂

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  4. […] The Rebel Fish blog generally deals in subtle and convoluted comedy, and that may be what I’m seeing today, but it may be too subtle for me to grasp.  Judge for yourself as the Fish takes on the often unseen and misjudged relationship between happiness and failure. […]


  5. How do I stay happy?
    I drink…. but you probably already knew that.
    Seriously though, happiness is a state of mind. I wake up every morning thinking , “life is good” and then it is. I take pleasure in the small, as well as the large.

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  6. For me, happiness is a mindset. (I am a Buddhist and this is one of the ways in which we think). Of course, I get bad days as we all do – but I have learned to step back from the initial emotion and ‘watch it’. Instead of getting caught up in it. Great post well done 🙂

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