Happiest Person And The Best Thing In The World

Why I am Happy?

Wagle Monologue (A psycho blog)

I don’t know why but I am happy and satisfied these days. For example, today I am supper happy. It’s not because I had to write only one story, that too barely five-hundred-words long, for my paper. I was happy even yesterday when I had to write a 26-hundred-words story. It’s not because I have been promoted recently and I don’t really give much attention to rumors that they are increasing salary in the office. It’s not because I have won a lottery. (Oh.. buying tickets hoping to become lakhpati or SMSing at crappy numbers isn’t my preferred way of wasting money. That I do by riding cabs in Kathmandu.) It might be because, I think (and guess), I wasn’t really unhappy in the last several weeks to be precise.

I can say with a great deal of accuracy that I was the happiest person a few days ago when finished a story for Koshilee, the Saturday supplement of Kantipur, about the night life of Kathmandu. For me, writing story (yes, I am talking about news story dear) is a painful process. It’s an art, a craft that needs so much careful consideration that every line and words should be put one after another the way they should be put. There is no any definition of writing a good story but then there is no specific method of creating a piece of art too. Words are like bricks. They need to be placed the way bricks are put while building a house. Writing story is like building a house. And on the mental level, it’s slightly more than that. Its equivalent to that of labor process a woman goes through while giving birth to her child. Oh… what a process that, being a male, I have to go through every day and night. I feel proud while undergoing that process and I get strange pleasure while penning a story. I wish I could split myself into two Dineshes and see the Dinesh in action from a quiet corner. Man! That must be a fun. One Dinesh watching the other who is going through the labor pain!

Okay, I was talking about being very happy while finishing a story a few days ago. You see so many things, meet so many people, listen so many things and you have to bring all of them in a one-thousand-word story that too in such a way that a reader will not even think about diverting his eyes from the lines. That’s a tough challenge. For that you need to have a craftsmanship. I don’t claim to have that in the best form but I try to act like having one while doing stories. You have to do that man for you are the one who is writing what you are writing.

Hurricanes (no less than Katrina in intensity) go inside my mind while I think about the lines, headline and even lead and ending lines of the story that I will be writing about in the next few hours. If I have to do that in the same day, I do that while in tempos or buses while returning from a program or interviewing people. In other cases, I do that while I am about to doze off in the middle of the night. I can recount so many instances when I have risen up suddenly from my bed, grabbed the diary and noted down lines for the story. Okay, I have started about lecturing on how to write a story when I just wanted to say is that I was very happy a few days ago when I finished writing a story. The happiness had nothing to do with the subject of the story but the way I presented it.

So I searched on the internet to find out “the best thing in the world” and ended up on a page from Poem of the Week page. Here is the poem:

THE BEST THING IN THE WORLD

By Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-1861)

WHAT’S the best thing in the world ?
June-rose, by May-dew impearled;
Sweet south-wind, that means no rain;
Truth, not cruel to a friend;
Pleasure, not in haste to end;
Beauty, not self-decked and curled
Till its pride is over-plain;
Light, that never makes you wink;
Memory, that gives no pain;
Love, when, so, you’re loved again.
What’s the best thing in the world ?
— Something out of it, I think.

Ha..ha.. Waw.. “something out of it, I think”. What a line! But I don’t know why I Googled for the best thing when I really meant to look for the happiest thing (man) in the world (Moon and Mars included if there is anyone out there!).

I reached on a Yahoo! Answers page where people had discussed on the question weeks ago. There are quite a few answers but I think I liked this one, by Iconic, the most:

“Hapiness is a state of mind and relative to our own thoughts, emotions and desires. The happiest person in the world could be you.”

I also agreed with Toothfetish: “[T]he one who can think positive in all situations. smn who is able to be happy from the things he got. [Someone] who doesn’t think about income, success, popular needs of people etc.”

Shabang says, “[T]he ultimate optimist.”

I have no doubt that I am a super optimistic person!

11 thoughts on “Happiest Person And The Best Thing In The World

  1. Wagleji,
    Congraratulations.You deserve this but I hope may be……Lady luck has brought luck in your life. Otherwise why it took so long?
    So, being wise don’t let her go……before she vanishes.
    Do i need to give her name also? i hope u know…….
    Ke ho dineshji. mozz cha! hamlai pani trick sikaidinu na.

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  2. Hi Badboy,

    I appreciate your effort of guessing. I hadn\’t been able to find out the real cause of my happiness but I wish you were correct in your hope! But I don\’t consider girls Happyness Kit. They are more than that. By the way, I quote one of my friends who sent me an email after reading the blog:

    >>I saw that you posted a new personal blog, so I will say that I
    enjoyed reading that. Interesting. I am glad to see that you are
    writing off the top of your head and taking the time to get the
    personal stuff out and \”on paper\” so to say, again. But as much as
    I loved reading about your happiness and what it is like for you to
    write and complete a story, I really have to question if it really can
    be relative to labor. I myself have absolutely no desire to ever
    experience childbirth, though everyone tells me I would feel
    differently if it were to happen. But I think that may be a bit
    extreme of a comparison! Though I do agree that writing a story, well
    actually not the writing once it begins to flow, but the intensity of
    creating a lead and determining exactly what your nutgraff is, is one
    of the most mentally excruciating processes ever and that upon
    finishing it all up, one of the best highs in the world.

    Well you started about happiness but changed your topic flow to the
    best…. Interesting change going on in your head there….

    The point of my email was actually this…. Let me tell you my
    favorite quote about happiness, your post instantly brought it to
    mind, which is a great thought to start off my day….

    Happiness often sneaks through a door you didn\’t know you left open. -John Barrymore

    …..
    So my friend happiness has varities of difinitions and it really depends on the perspectives of the person in question.

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  3. One Dinesh watching the other who is going through the labor pain!
    Hi D
    Congratulations. You are born. You gave birth to yourself.So, you are your own father and mother.

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  4. “But I don’t consider girls Happyness Kit.They are more than that\”

    THis sure feels good to read after listening to a guy who told me: \”Girlfriends, they were either way of timepass or Waste of time for me\”. Whatever the case guys need to understand Gender isn\’t about endagering men but rather makin gals Aware Of Dangerous Men!😉 And happiness is like love I guess. As they say no reason for love. The most beautiful emotions can\’t be expressed nor reasoned. They can only Be FELT. Stay Happy O SuperOptimistic Person!

    Smile: It confuses People🙂

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  5. “Happiness, whether consisting in pleasure or virtue, or both, is more often found with those who are highly cultivated in their minds and in their character, and have only a moderate share of external goods, than among those who possess external goods to a useless extent but are deficient in higher qualities.” ~

    Aristotle

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