I am a bit of a grumbler. I constantly complain about the sad plight of the world, software design, management and all other things under the sun. It is no wonder that people thus mistake me to be a pessimist. But oddly enough, I consider myself to be an optimist who takes pleasure in the little things of life. Here is my advice to all those who chase big happy moments - those are few and far in between and you run the risk of missing out on all the little ones. It is like Robert Pirsig said - "The truth knocks on the door and you say, "Go away, I'm looking for the truth," and so it goes away".
Recently Amish pointed me to J. B. Priestley's Delight, a collection of essays on all those things that delighted the author. Although it was written about 60 years ago, most of the ideas still resonate. For e.g. finding joy in getting an idea, meeting a friend or walking in the woods. I delight in having friends who have introduced me to new books and ideas - Thanks to Cao for SlickEdit, Feedly and countless discussions, Steve for public speaking tips, Amish for book suggestions, Yoga for philosophy, Arin for mathematics and politics, and my wife for Toastmasters and this blog.
And to top it all, in the realization that we could all be dead. Instead, here we are in this world, free to do whatever we want. Isn't that the biggest delight of them all?