Painting by Belynda Wilson Thomas
You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of. You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life. Albert Camus
Last night was another great night at Toastmasters. It is a positive, grateful group and it makes me more positive and grateful to be part of it. We are influenced by the company we keep, and when we have positive groups to belong to they make our lives better.
One of the things we have available to us through YouTube is positive speakers on every subject. If there is something we want to learn about chances are someone is talking about it.
We all want to be significant but Victor Frankl warned about spending our life searching for meaning. When we search for something it means we don’t have it.
Don’t aim at success – the more you aim at it and make it a target, the more you are going to miss it. For success, like happiness, cannot be pursued; it must ensue. Victor Frankl
If we are not to pursue happiness and success how will we ever get it? What we really want to find is meaning according to Victor Frankl. We can find meaning by connecting ourselves to something greater.
We may pursuit knowledge, commit to caring for others through volunteer work, dedicate ourselves to our families, pursuit being of service to the world and to others and somewhere in this we may find meaning, purpose, joy, and happiness. If we seek beauty, love, justice, contribution, connection, we may find meaning and happiness. If we seek meaning and happiness are we likely to find beauty, love, justice, contribution, or connection? All of these may seem so insignificant because of our greater search for meaning and happiness we discard as unworthy all the avenues that could give us meaning and happiness.
We need to do what is important in our life not because they will bring us meaning and happiness but because they are important in their own right. If meaning and happiness find us as we are busy doing the next important thing we get an extra bonus. Realizing we are experiencing moments of meaning and happiness amidst our daily life are like sparks of light in our life.
We may not appreciate the sparks of light when everything around us is light, they may only be reflected back to us in the darkness. This may be why some of the most profound words written are written by those who have endured hardship, not lived lives of ease.
This is probably why we would never choose our hardships and times of pain, but when we look back we wouldn’t want to give back the gifts we got from going through those hard times. As Maya Angelou’s title says I Wouldn’t Take Nothing for My Journey Now. If we’ve lived through highs and lows, good times and bad, challenges, hardships, loss and pain, we’ve learned things we could learn no other way. All gifts do not come wrapped in nice packages.
We may spend our whole lives asking what makes happiness. Do we feel moments of meaning, purpose, and happiness amidst the joys and sorrows of daily life?
The meaning of life is happiness. Hard question is not, what is meaning of life? No, hard question is what makes happiness. This is the question all human beings must try to answer: What make true happiness? Dalai Lama XlV
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