On a previous trip to Hawaiʻi Danny and his friend Alika thought that we might enjoy a show called Cirque Hawaii which was modeled upon Cirque du Soleil. They were right! The music, the acts, the color, the humor… gave us much happiness that night! In fact Mom so enjoyed it that when we returned to Hawaiʻi a year or two later she wanted to attend another performance and so we did. The second was as good as the previous one. So when we were making arrangements for Mom’s 85th birthday trip in 2010 she asked that we try to get tickets again. Unfortunately the show had closed! Fortunately Cirque du Soleil was giving a performance of Alegria during the time of our visit! Having seen videos of various Cirque du Soleil shows the thought of finally attending a live performance had me as excited as a ten-year old, which is an apt reaction to a show whose name actually means “Jubilation!”
How many of us can say that we experience jubilation in our daily life… or at all? For some the first day of the work-week is the worst day of the week and the last day of the work-week is the best! Some lucky few are blessed to be employed in an area of work that interests them. For most people however… not so much. A lot of our fantasies about happiness arise out of the discontent we experience in our everyday living. We don’t like the job, the hours are too long, the pay too little, etc. People sit at desks or work on assembly lines dreaming about a future vacation filled with no worries, endless Mai Tai’s and no work. Too often we place our happiness somewhere out there in the future, thereby setting ourselves up for unhappiness in our daily life.
When we view the day or the week negatively we blind ourselves to the small possibilities for happiness in that day and that week! How much better our lives would be were we to view things through a Hawaiian lens. This is not to say through rose-colored glasses but rather to view each day as an opportunity for happiness… right now! Hawaiians have a unique ability to find within any event an excuse to celebrate, to dance, to sing, to feast together. My point is that if we chase after a future happiness it will elude us. If we stop chasing and start looking at each day as an opportunity for some happiness we will discover where happiness actually lives, right in front of us, each day presenting us with an opportunity for alegria: Jubilation!