I love the idea of "bliss" which Webster's defines as complete happiness. The myth is that it is supposed to be a constant state so when it isn't, we can become disillusioned with the concept. I have fallen into the bliss trap myself, thinking that if only I had this or could do that I would be completely happy. On the short-term it may work but in the reality of life I've had to understand that bliss comes in stages, is sometimes momentary, and often fleeting.
I am learning to appreciate the little moments of bliss as I seek to find something each day that brings happiness and contentment, if only for a little while, in the midst of all else that may not. I pursue bliss knowing that real life is a mix of both - moments of complete happiness coupled with the hum-drum, the urgent, the work we have to do that we don't want to, and the unexpected that we had hoped to avoid altogether.
I saw a needlework sampler that had the verse "May the work of your hands be the wish of your heart." It inspired my artistic nature from which I often find bliss. I love the idea of letting the work of my hands merge with the desire of my heart, sometimes even finding a way to make the daily chores of life become a work of contentment.
Sometimes bliss comes unexpectedly as I am going about my routine and come upon something beautiful or unusual that causes me to pause and watch. Like the time I was having morning coffee while sitting in my porch swing and the sun shone through a dew-moistened spider web connected to a porch post. It was all sparkly and illuminated as if it was studded with diamonds and the spider was already at work mending the web from what I guess was breakfast captured earlier. Or when I rock a baby to sleep and watch him or her give in to slumber with complete abandonment without a care in the world.
For me there is also a sadness that can accompany the pursuit of bliss because what I dream about isn't always possible. I get frustrated by not being able to do all my heart is drawn to, sometimes having to surrender to undeniable limitations. That's when the Lord gently reminds me that His grace is sufficient and that every good and perfect gift comes from Him. The real treasures I seek should be from above and not the temporal ones here on earth. It isn't that there's anything wrong with being surrounded with beautiful things or pursuing a dream career or idyllic location. God blesses in those ways too and I think He especially takes joy when we find bliss in what He has created or provided. But when we want those things to be the primary source of our joy and contentment we can find it lacking. Even the most beautiful home or most satisfying job will have moments of disappointment.
Seeking first His kingdom and His righteousness as scripture says will bring lasting contentment. The life I will have with the Lord after this one will be eternal bliss so that is my focus, but in the meantime I will continue to seek the grace notes in daily life.