The road to happiness

Real Estate Agent with Seven Gables Real Estate - Office in Tustin, Anaheim and Orange Cal BRE# 01988945

I was doing my regular reading this morning and this little scene played clearly in my head, so I decide to share with you since it sounds much like things l I have said many times over. Enjoy your weekend.

Benjamin Franklin pointed out that, "The U.S. Constitution doesn't guarantee happiness, only the pursuit of it. You have to catch up to it yourself."

by Mac Anderson and BJ Gallagher

When I travel on business, I like to talk to the taxi drivers who take me from the airport to my hotel, or to a convention center, or to a restaurant. Taxi drivers are often immigrants with interesting personal histories and unusual cultural backgrounds. I ask them how long they've been in America, how they chose which city to live in, and what they like best about where they live. Of course, I also ask them for advice on good local restaurants and any special attractions they'd recommend to a visitor. I've had some great experiences on my travels, thanks to the advice of taxi drivers!

On one trip about ten years ago, I was making conversation with the taxi driver, asking him my usual questions about how he came to live where he lived. Then I asked him a hypothetical question: "If you could live anywhere in the world—and if money was no object—where would you live?"

Without hesitating even for a second, he replied, "I live in my heart. So it really doesn't matter where my body lives. If I am happy inside, then I live in paradise, no matter where my residence is."

I felt humbled and a little foolish for my question. Of course he was right—happiness is an inside job. He had reminded me of something I already knew, but had forgotten. If you can't find happiness inside yourself, you'll never find it in the outside world, no matter where you move. Wherever you go, there you are. You take yourself with you.

I am grateful for the wisdom of that taxi driver. And I'm grateful for all the wisdom others have shared with me about how to be happy.

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Diane Daley
Caron's Gateway Real Estate - Northumberland, NH

Very nice story, I'm glad you shared it,  I have a friend That should read this. Thanks

Jul 06, 2012 10:49 PM #1
Larry O'Sullivan
Sandy, UT

Noemi - By and large I have been happy to have me with me where ever I go. My last great adventure began six years ago with my move Sandy Utah from Queensland, Australia. I can do a virtual tour of North America by reading ActiveRain posts, yours included. Thanks for the statement of this wisdom.

Jul 06, 2012 10:56 PM #2
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

That Taxi Driver, had time to think about it while waiting for fairs, he was smarter then the average person.

Jul 06, 2012 11:00 PM #3
Chuck Carstensen
RE/MAX Results - Elk River, MN
Minnesota Real Estate Expert

So true but so many people are unhappy because they are chasing happiness through things.

Jul 06, 2012 11:05 PM #4
Charles Stallions Property Manager
Charles Stallions Real Estate Services - Pace, FL
Pensacola, Pace & Gulf Breeze Property Management

That was a nice story and I never thought of it that way thanks for sharing and a toast to the taxi driver.

Jul 06, 2012 11:07 PM #5
Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl
Samsel & Associates - Clark, NJ
The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate

Well said, Noemi, and thank you for sharing this wisdom. If you're not happy with yourself, there's no home that can make you happy.

Jul 07, 2012 01:36 AM #6
Freida Knight
1st Knight Realty, Inc. - Winder, GA
1st Knight Realty, Inc.


What a great story. All of us could learn a lot from this drivers' philosophy. Active Rain and the other blogging agents never cease to amaze me with how much positive influence you have on my life. Thanks so much for sharing this story.

Jul 07, 2012 01:46 AM #7
Dale Bledsoe
Crown Key Realty - Tracy, CA
Realtor in Tracy, California

I would be proud of the question you asked because it it allowed you learn something. That what a good question with a good answer should do. 

Jul 07, 2012 03:41 AM #8
Sharon Parisi
United Real Estate Dallas - Dallas, TX
Dallas Homes

Noemi, thanks for sharing the very wise words of the taxi driver!

Jul 07, 2012 05:24 PM #9
Ruth Baumgart
Property Lines Real Estate - Bellevue, WA

Yesterday I attended a memorial service for a friend of my husband's.  It was held on his property in the woods and clearings on Whidbey Island.  Richard was truly a man who lived in his heart as all his friends and family attested.  Now I hear it from Noemi today.  I get the message...Thank You.

Jul 07, 2012 11:58 PM #10
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