Happiness is probably one of the most important words in the english language.
It points to something not always so easy to define, yet directly recognized by everyone.
Without happiness, whatever we do is never quite enough.
With it, everything is complete right now.
Without happiness, we are easily persuaded by dark inner voices that what we are doing is wrong, or that something is wrong with us.
With it, the critic is silenced by the singing of the birds, the joyful whispers of the trees, or the peaceful bellows of our breath.
Without happiness, we will see a thousand and one promises of salvation in something more, different, or better.
With happiness, we will see that this very life and this very moment is the fulfillment of the one promise that matters most.
Without happiness, everyone will appear as imperfect and in need of our correction.
With it, everyone is seen to be beautiful and whole, even as they play the game of getting better, or not being enough.
Without happiness, everyone is a potential threat and in need of our caution.
With happiness, everyone is one of Us, and not an “other.”
When we experience the presence of Happiness, we might notice that:
There is nothing we need to seek, or not seek.
There is nothing we need to know., or not know.
There is nothing we need to have, or not have.
There is nothing we need to be, or not be.
When we are truly happy, we are free.
Is there a single and simple promise you can make to yourself that turns on an inner smile, and lights up your life regardless of how this shadow play unfolds?