To understand reality is not the same as to know about outward events. It is to perceive the essential nature of things. The best-informed man is not necessarily the wisest. Indeed there is a danger that precisely in the multiplicity of his knowledge he will lose sight of what is essential. But on the other hand, knowledge of an apparently trivial detail quite often makes it possible to see into the depth of things. And so the wise man will seek to acquire the best possible knowledge about events, but always without becoming dependent upon this knowledge. To recognize the significant in the factual is wisdom. Dietrich Bonhoeffer:


Life is a train of moods like a string of beads; and as we pass through them they prove to be many colored lenses, which paint the world their own hue, and each shows us only what lies in its own focus.---RALPH WALDO EMERSON
Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.---ABRAHAM LINCOLN
There is neither happiness nor misery in the world; there is only the comparison of one state to another, nothing more. He who has felt the deepest grief is best able to experience supreme happiness. We must have felt what it is to die, that we may appreciate the enjoyments of life.---ALEXANDRE DUMAS
“It is not because the truth is too difficult to see that we make mistakes... we make mistakes because the easiest and most comfortable course for us is to seek insight where it accords with our emotions - especially selfish ones" --- Alexander Solzhenitsyn quotes (Russian novelist, Nobel Prize for Literature (1970), b.1918)
“Wisdom ceases to be wisdom when it becomes too proud to weep, too grave to laugh, and too selfish to seek other than itself.” ---Kahlil Gibran

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Happiness is a Bunch

I have had series of  "what-is-happiness" encounters in the past days.  Many were inspiring in a way how to have a different perspective on what "happiness" is. Of course there is this ATTITUDE thing that matters and so how does it affect  one to  be happy. I don't oppose that fact ; however,  I believe that there are more to that. Recognizing and accepting that moments can vary help in a way how we see things in life. 

For me, happiness is not a permanent thing neither a vast emotional state the dominates the whole being.  Being happy all the time is never normal as it is natural to have setbacks from time to time. As humans, we respond to the nature of situations that we deal with. We never rejoice when we are in trouble neither when we are hurt or in pain. We embrace the beauty of these harsh realities and live with life. But  when we become aware that these are never in permanent phase and state, just as joy and  contentment that come in their time, then we can live better and can welcome more  bliss and cheer . 

When we are in the right attitude and mindset that our existence is a blend of all the wonders and woes then we get more chances of enjoying what happiness really is. Being happy is definitely both a disposition and a feeling and so the recognition and understanding its nature. It is a cluster of moments that we dwell  upon and finally accepting that  it is  a  sequence of gloom.