He heard the knock and answered the door.
“We have come to take you,” they said.
“I’m not ready. I have so much to do – spend time with my family, go on those holidays I promised them. I want to go to the children’s plays and watch them in action. And then I want to be able to paint and have fun like I planned. Please give me more time.”
“You were given 40 years, a loving wife, two beautiful children. What stopped you spending time with them over the past 15 years?”
“I had to make CEO first.” (100 words)

Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present.
– Jim Rohn



He saw them tentatively enter the gallery. Shocked, he wondered what they were doing here. One part of him was worried that they might make a scene, another was so proud that they’d come. He held back while he saw them looking at the paintings, taking in the crowd, and yes, even looking proud. They began to furtively look around for him. Unable to resist any longer, he went to them and was enveloped in a warm three-way hug. “We’re so proud of you. You were right! You can be happy and successful at the same time.” whispered his father. (100 words)

Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful. – Albert Schweitzer

Our #100WordsonSaturday prompt over at Write Tribe is : Success first then happiness (agree or disagree). It’s obvious from my two little pieces of fiction which side I take in this argument.

No one says this better than the Dalai Lama:

I believe that the very purpose of life is to be happy. From the very core of our being, we desire contentment. In my own limited experience I have found that the more we care for the happiness of others, the greater is our own sense of well-being. Cultivating a close, warmhearted feeling for others automatically puts the mind at ease. It helps remove whatever fears or insecurities we may have and gives us the strength to cope with any obstacles we encounter. It is the principal source of success in life. Since we are not solely material creatures, it is a mistake to place all our hopes for happiness on external development alone. The key is to develop inner peace.

What do you think about this?