The road to happiness

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Real Estate Agent with William Raveis Real Estate

I was doing my regular reading this morning and this little scene played clearly in my head, so I decide to share with you since it sounds much like things l I have said many times over. Enjoy your weekend.

Benjamin Franklin pointed out that, "The U.S. Constitution doesn't guarantee happiness, only the pursuit of it. You have to catch up to it yourself."


by Mac Anderson and BJ Gallagher

When I travel on business, I like to talk to the taxi drivers who take me from the airport to my hotel, or to a convention center, or to a restaurant. Taxi drivers are often immigrants with interesting personal histories and unusual cultural backgrounds. I ask them how long they've been in America, how they chose which city to live in, and what they like best about where they live. Of course, I also ask them for advice on good local restaurants and any special attractions they'd recommend to a visitor. I've had some great experiences on my travels, thanks to the advice of taxi drivers!

On one trip about ten years ago, I was making conversation with the taxi driver, asking him my usual questions about how he came to live where he lived. Then I asked him a hypothetical question: "If you could live anywhere in the world—and if money was no object—where would you live?"


Without hesitating even for a second, he replied, "I live in my heart. So it really doesn't matter where my body lives. If I am happy inside, then I live in paradise, no matter where my residence is."

I felt humbled and a little foolish for my question. Of course he was right—happiness is an inside job. He had reminded me of something I already knew, but had forgotten. If you can't find happiness inside yourself, you'll never find it in the outside world, no matter where you move. Wherever you go, there you are. You take yourself with you.

I am grateful for the wisdom of that taxi driver. And I'm grateful for all the wisdom others have shared with me about how to be happy.

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Well said, Noemi, and thank you for sharing this wisdom. If you're not happy with yourself, there's no home that can make you happy.

July 07, 2012 08:36 AM
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Freida Knight
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Noemi,

What a great story. All of us could learn a lot from this drivers' philosophy. Active Rain and the other blogging agents never cease to amaze me with how much positive influence you have on my life. Thanks so much for sharing this story.

July 07, 2012 08:46 AM
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Dale Bledsoe
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I would be proud of the question you asked because it it allowed you learn something. That what a good question with a good answer should do. 

July 07, 2012 10:41 AM
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Sharon Parisi
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Noemi, thanks for sharing the very wise words of the taxi driver!

July 08, 2012 12:24 AM
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Ruth Baumgart
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Yesterday I attended a memorial service for a friend of my husband's.  It was held on his property in the woods and clearings on Whidbey Island.  Richard was truly a man who lived in his heart as all his friends and family attested.  Now I hear it from Noemi today.  I get the message...Thank You.

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