Beautiful writing and philosophy Lisa Beth. The older I get (now 47), the more I believe while not to the detriment of others, if we are not seeking our own happiness then we are not contributing our best selves to the world. It starts from a position of self-truth which then makes it easier to be fully truthful with others. We all know miserable people in miserable relationships contributing little else but additional darkness to everything they are involved in. No way to live.