Achievement and Happiness…

Clairview, Queensland


“Achievement leads nowhere; makes no difference at all…

Just be happy now, release your struggle, let go of your mind, throw away your concerns and relax into the world.

No need to resist life, open your eyes and see that you are far more than you think,

You are already free…!”

I’ve been reflecting on this statement as I head to North Queensland, especially given there has been some endless driving following the white line on the bitumen road, affording plenty of “thinking time”.

And yes, for sure, I will get off the bitumen eventually and back out into the bush, the outback and some “red dusty roads”.

Mind you, it is quite pleasant travelling the coastal route and I’ve managed to spend time sitting back with a book gazing out across the water as I make my way towards Hinchinbrook Island for a few days of hiking, followed by a trip to Cape Melville, halfway up to the tip of Cape York.

Back to that statement though…

As many will recall, I recently “graduated from work” having decided there was more to life than joining the traffic jam on my way to work, only to do the same thing some (too many) hours later to get home.

Did it truly make me happy?

Perhaps the security of a weekly pay-cheque provides an illusion of happiness, but now that I have let that go and started to focus on “living in the moment” I’ve discovered far greater riches than a financial outcome can ever provide.

Yep, I have concluded that there is far more to life than work…

And hey, let me tell you Janet-Planet and I will be putting the “more to life than work” theory to the test as much as we possibly can.

Perhaps some will disagree with the proposition achievement leads nowhere; makes no difference at all, but as we all take our last breathe in this lifetime, we’ll all be equal, what we’ve achieved will mean little at that point – but being happy to that last moment will be priceless.

Well, at least that is my take on it, but whatever your view, just be happy now – strewth, that is my motto these days…!

Photo: Baz – The Landy, on the beach at Clairview, Queensland.

Ps: Yes, the last you heard from me I was in England, but I am back travelling the country I love. And don’t be alarmed if you don’t hear from me from time-to-time, the beauty of where I am travelling to be is no communications!


12 thoughts on “Achievement and Happiness…

  1. Gallivanta July 29, 2017 / 4:26 pm

    Congratulations on your graduation! 🙂 I guess you are now on your post graduate life studies leading to a PhD in Living in the Moment.


  2. Gwyn Morgan July 29, 2017 / 12:12 pm

    Baz. You are making me jealous……but for my back I’d be about a thousand Ks behind you heading in the same direction. Enjoy. Gwyn

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  3. Mary Strong-Spaid July 28, 2017 / 3:56 pm

    When we see the years of our lives slipping through our fingers, we suddenly realize that time is much more precious than money. Yes…in the end, it would be a shame if we had nothing but pay checks to remember! I too have retired (graduated from work).

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  4. Fifty Toes Walkabout July 28, 2017 / 9:31 am

    Spot on and have fun up north. Are you heading for the “Tip” in Cape York?


    • Baz - The Landy July 29, 2017 / 10:03 am

      Probably not, intending to go to Cape Melville and back home to Sydney via Birdsville, western Qld and NSW…

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  5. Maureen Sudlow July 28, 2017 / 7:46 am

    I agree – wish I was with you on your journey. I guess there is more to life than work, but sometimes we need to work to live… We are hoping to get over next year for the wildflower season.


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