Missing Goat – How to be happy in life
It all started one lazy Sunday afternoon in a small town. Two school-going friends had a crazy idea. They rounded up three goats from the neighborhood and painted the numbers 1, 2 and 4 on their sides. That night they let the goats loose inside their school building.
The next morning, when the authorities entered the school, they could smell something was wrong. They soon saw goat droppings on the stairs and near the entrance and realized that some goats had entered the building. A search was immediately launched and very soon, the three goats were found. But the authorities were worried, where was goat No. 3?
They spent the rest of the day looking for goat No.3. There was panic and frustration. The school declared a holiday for the students. The teachers, helpers and the canteen boy were all busy looking for the goat No. 3, which, of course, was never found. Simply because it did not exist…..!!!!
How to be happy in life – Debrief:
You must be smiling after going through this short story but I will prove that we all do the same thing as this school authorities, all our life. We have so many things (or few according to some) in LIFE but we are always looking for the missing goat – that one thing which we will give us happiness but we never get it, simply because it never existed. We are always searching for the elusive, missing, non-existent goat No.3.
We, human beings have been developed in such a way that we can never be happy. Let me tell you with an example, do you ever wanted something and felt that if you get that, you will be the happiest in the world. However, when you achieved that, you were never happy or happiness was short-lived and you craved for achieving something else and making yourself unhappy again. The process repeats itself without flaw as we keep on getting new things and yet staying unhappy (even after achieving the same).
So, don’t chase happiness (or success). It is not a destination to arrive but a journey to become. You have a enjoy the process of being happy and successful because you are never able to find the Goat No.3 which is non-existent