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The Quest
by Karen C Vanderlaan
Sunday, April 13, 2008
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The Quest


Throughout life we are led to believe,

That happiness is the ultimate prize.

That all the work, accomplishments and even love,

Are for the achievement of having happy.


But happy comes in spurts, small segments of life,

Which make you smile inside and out.

Moments that cause an immediate desire,

To skip and run doing cartwheels across the lawn.


And in between those precious moments,

Are hours of sweat and tears and strife.

But we muck on through, one foot in front of the other,

Putting shoulders to the wheel of life.


And in the end, because of the promise of happy,

We may think we have missed the boat.

Not realizing that the true quest was for this:

Contentment in a life well spent as it was lived.

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Reviewed by Gianetta Ellis 4/17/2008
To me, happiness is a choice. It's something I decide to be each morning when I awaken. It is an intention that carries me through each day - one building upon the last ultimately becoming a life.
Reviewed by Larry Lounsbury 4/14/2008
Your words are filled with wisdom. Each moment of our life is a precious gift.
Reviewed by E T Waldron 4/14/2008
You are very wise Karen! This poem is a gem that tells it the way it truly is! We are at our best when we realize we live our happiness in what we glean from each day,and shouldn't think it lies ahead of us in some quest...Thanks for sharing!

Reviewed by Mr. Ed 4/14/2008
Contentment in a life well spent - may we all achieve that.
Reviewed by M.Bennett Hooper (Mikii) 4/14/2008
What can I say I thoroughly identified with the sentiments of this excellent and universal write. In gratitude forever for caring and sharing. Mikii
Reviewed by Dawn Anderson 4/13/2008
Karen...this is so insightful and so well said. I couldn't agree with you more. Wonderful work!
Reviewed by Randall Barfield 4/13/2008
Soft and gentle. Like a sea breeze on a nice day.
Reviewed by Sherry Heim 4/13/2008
It is the difficult times in life that cause us to grow and ultimately what makes us the happiest is making it through those difficulites and winning. Happiness is in the heart of the beholder. Wise words, Karen.
Take care,
Reviewed by Felix Perry 4/13/2008
I like this one Karen. It is so true that the inevitability of life to end in happiness is kind of silly to believe in. As seniours we have more pains, aches, sickness, less income and more stress but we have the sweet love of our grandchildren maybe to counter balance. I think life needs it's lows to truly appreciate it's highs.
Reviewed by John Leko 4/13/2008
...moments missed may never be regained...all about the moments become your words...the every knowingly just truly see it.
very well expressed Karen...
Reviewed by Christine Alwin 4/13/2008
so true, some are busy waiting to find happiness, when truly it is right under their feet. Words of inspiration!
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 4/13/2008
Exquisitely imaged wonderment, Karen, well done.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Andy Turner (Reader) 4/13/2008
So true, and this moment is the most precious of them all...
Reviewed by George Carroll 4/13/2008
Another wise write I have read and enjoyed.
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 4/13/2008
Wonderful write, Karen; very well penned! BRAVA!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. :D
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton (Reader) 4/13/2008
Scholars have analyzed what life and happiness are . . . Down and outers have done the very same thing . . . Preachers preach it . . . Some kill because of it . . . Wise men/women/gender-confused would do well to not allow the meaning of life to vex them, or even concern them . . . Better still to just get up each and every day and go about your business the best way you know how . . . Sometimes that is enough . . . Even for kings . . .
Reviewed by Paul Berube 4/13/2008

Love the inspirational feelings of your poem. Peace,Love and Blessings Always, Paul.
Reviewed by Jeanette Cooper 4/13/2008
This is beautiful and so true. Life truly is a challenge and it's a little pain and strife along the way that keeps us striving. Excellent write.
Reviewed by Bonnie May 4/13/2008
Oh this is so true. Much wisdom in this wonderful write Karen, thank you. Love, Bonnie
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