Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.Confucius
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
We are here to add what we can to life, not to get what we can from life.William Osler
A Father’s Guide to Wisdom
Is it me, or do we seem to be complicating the hell out of life? The other day, my son made an acute observation. He said, “Papa, it just seems like the world is getting dumber.” I was speechless. A 10, soon to be 11-year-old boy was able to examine the programming that is offered and make such an acute observation. From a philosophical standpoint, I could not help but ponder. Why are we placing so much emphasis on the shadow aspects of life, versus the hope, faith, and simplistic beliefs that lie right under our very nose?
Everyone searches for happiness. It is our human plight to realize Self as it intimately interacts with the ego-self we create. But that is not our true nature. By default, consciousness leads us to complicate the simplistic paradise we were afforded before we chose to take part in the fruit offered.
Remember childhood? Were you happy? When did you begin to see life as though you knew everything there was to know about the world we inhabit? With the dawning of your adult consciousness, you likely stopped experimenting with your happiness habit.
Got Faith? Faith offers us a return. It offers inroads into the human soul. It nurtures hope, belief, and the very values that drive the psyche to realize higher potential.
Are you happy? In today’s quotes, three wise men offer us a glimpse into the nature of soul and spirit. They show us that happiness is not an environmental event. It comes from within. The environment only amplifies its effect.
You cannot get apple juice by squeezing lemons. You cannot attain the sweet nature of happiness from the sourness of negative emotions. Change your thoughts, and your world will change. Add value to your life and your life will miraculously change for the better.
What value do you wish to add to life? Today, I will play games with my children, to show them my values as expressed in play! As Mother Teresa once said,
Just think… what would the world be like, if we simply made a small shift in our thinking? With many prayers and blessings my friends. Believe… Achieve… Advance Confidently in the Direction of Your Dreams.