In some cases we need to be brought to our knees before we can climb the ladder to abiding bliss. In his rise from homelessness Gardner went through many defeats. But crying about the rotten deal Life had dealt him was not his the way out. Intending to express his talents and abilities while loving and believing in what he was doing was his way.
The US Constitution states that everyone is entitled to Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness. This is a very wise provision, specified by the Founding Fathers. It is also a very spiritual statement. Happiness itself is the path to more happiness, for in a universe where like attracts like, miserable vibrations only attract more of the same. Whereas, if you insist on happiness as your path, it is of benefit to everyone around you because happy people do no inflict misery on others.