The following excerpt from Nietzsche points out that happiness is a sign of personal strength.
“Maintaining cheerfulness in the midst of a gloomy task, fraught with immeasurable responsibility, is no small feat; and yet what is needed more than cheerfulness? Nothing succeeds if prankishness has no part in it. Excess strength alone is the proof of strength.”
So true. The clown is derided as a dolt. The carefree man is chided for his glee. Is he just a dummy? Is he too stupid to know what’s going on? Far from it! Internally, the happy man is a Hercules. He’s able to slay the demons that lead others to despair. He’s the gladiator of gratitude. He doesn’t drink to forget his problems—he drinks to celebrate life.
They say that he’s ignorant. He doesn’t know about Buchenwald, Teoul Slang, or Rwanda. If he did, then he’d be different. He’d be doing laps in the Lake of Disappointment.
The ugly truth—some men are stronger than others. They have internal wisdom: perspective, hope, faith…the ability to let go of things they can’t change. They might dwell is dark places, but they eventually leave. When they go to Hades, it’s a temporary stay—before you know it, they’re gone.
So which one are you? When you go to Disneyland, do you smile at Mickey Mouse? Or is he just a man, dressed up like a giant rat? If can you suspend your disbelief—even for a minute—then you’ll start enjoying what your life has to offer.