We all want to be happy. We all want to be free. We all want to live fulfiling lives. We all want that. The main difference seems to be how each of us goes about it. I might be wanting to become obscenely rich and famous (er possibly…), whereas you may be seeking elightenment through living with monks high up in the mountains of the Himalayas. The approach is different, but the end goal is always the same. But is it an end goal?
A post I read and commented on recently talked about this. The particular achievement isn’t the end goal, its the feeling that we thing achieving that target will bring is what brings us to think we will feel better in the accomplishment of it. However this simply isn’t the case.
“There is no way to happiness, happiness is the way” The Buddha
Think about that for a moment. So if there is no way to happiness, I can just be happy now? Thats right, its elementary my dear Watson.
I’m happy now, then I’m on my way? Yes.
I’m not happy now, I’m not on my way? Yes.
So all I need to do is get happy? Yes. Yes. Yes.
Our habits are so funny. I have to catch myself on this sometimes, you do probably as well. Its weird isn’t it? If only they really taught and practiced this in school! Imagine the turn around. Imagine the difference teachers would approach their subjects, students approach their work. How different that would be?
We all do things, and know of things that make us happy. So why not today as you go about your tasks, think and do the things that make you feel better.
What am I doing to help me be happy? Well I’ll tell you. You may have seen on my about page I’m working on becoming location independant. Well, I have some seriously interesting podcasts to listen about that.
I’ve come across a blog which talks about “wealth as a state of being” substitute the word “wealth” for “happiness” and this makes perfect sense. It is the road that we walk, that makes life interesting, the destination is always the same.