Happiness Where Art Thou…O There You Are

Posted: September 2, 2010 in Personal Thoughts and Notes, Uncategorized


It’s been a while since I’ve had the time to collect my thoughts and reflect on what’s really going on in my life.  Here’s a quick recap on how I got to my present position in this crazy saga called my life. I went to elementary school, middle school, high school and just recently graduated from Georgia Southern University with a BS in Public Relations.( I told you it would be quick) These last 21 years (almost 22, birthday shout out Oct. 1 coming soon) in grade school and college have been filled with tremendous ups and downs but I wouldn’t have had it any other way.


Ok so now that the “structured” life of a child and growing adult is over I AM NOW AN ADULT…Yes an adult. The single thing that a lot of us have always wanted to be since we were little. We get to do whatever we want and nobody get give us a whoopin, put us in timeout, put us on punishment or anything.  I remember when I was little I  just want to be just like my dad. I would do every little thing no matter what it was, from washing cars like him, playing football like him, talking like him  and even sweeping the garage like him (Hence the picture below). Hahahahaha this picture still cracks me up but it made me think about myself at that age how happy I was. The things that bother me today were nowhere near my mind,I was truly happy. 

After this quick assessment of my childhood i really thought long and hard on why that same happiness I had obtained as a child was seemingly unrealistic as an adult. Then it hit me……..THERE’S NOTHING IN THE WAY BUT ME!!!! Some people spend their entire life searching for this happiness and it is in front of them the whole time. Happiness isn’t something you hunt down and catch, its something that is realized. With this thought in mind, happiness is more of a mindset than a destination and once you realize it you’ll be once step closer to becoming happy just like you were when you were the little 6-year-old in the sandbox. The main ingredient for happiness ( in so humble opinion) is YOU. Until YOU make up YOUR mind that YOU really want to do something it won’t happen.  YOU ARE THE KEY TO YOUR OWN HAPPINESS. I know this is corny but…you can’t spell happiness without I(hahahahaha yeah that was REALLY CORNY) but hey its true. There are a lot of people with the ability to be successful but few with the mindset to match their abilities to be come happy. But hey nobody’s perfect (I know I’m not at least).

I like to think of the pursuit of happiness, in terms of a relationship with yourself (this is actually what helped me discover this ideology). In a marriage (an old school marriage, like grandmomma and granddaddy) there were many peaks and valleys but at the end of the day the love they shared for each other is greater than the current situation. That confidence in there bond was something that they had chosen to believe in and it will held strong as long as they continue to believe in it (Not to mention making active steps that support their thinking). This concept is something that goes hand in hand with your “self ” relationship. Although there may be some deep valleys you have to go through as long as you trust yourself and know that everything will be ok, it will. Life keeps on going and just like the day passes into night so will your low valleys of unhappiness.

One of my good friends told me something about a week ago, “Life happens and there’s no way of slowing it down so just live it like it is.” This really helped me simplify a lot of the things that we as “grown ups” complicate for ourselves. If there is something you want just go get it with no regret.  Things will happen and that’s apart of life. Just take care of it one step at a time and handle your business. If you do, happiness will be right around the corner.  So in I would like to leave you with this thought (and yes it is original)

Happiness is simply a mentality that is positively reinforced by logical events.

Short Version



Thank you guys for reading this. I really do hope you enjoyed it. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns feel free to email me at phillipppbsedwards@gmail.com     I’m always open to suggestions.




  1. meshae says:

    Love it, Phillip! “I like to think of the pursuit of happiness, in terms of a relationship with yourself…” Couldn’t have said it better myself. And ya…that “happiness without an I” was SUPER corny! LOL. Great post tho! – Meesh

  2. Damara Simmons says:

    Awww Phil!! I was just wishing I could collect enough thoughts worthy to compose one SOLID blog…but you wrote it better than I could have I believe. I LOVE the old marriage comparison (an old school marriage, like grandmomma and granddaddy LOL)….be happy love, and make others happy as well. You’re so good at it 🙂

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