Spreading the plague (of happiness)

October 11, 2010 in Writing

Have you ever been looking forward to something exciting and the day comes and goes, you enjoy yourself, but then you’re left feeling like “Great.. Half the fun was looking forward to that, and now it’s over..”? Even assuming that your excitement was warranted and the occasion was everything you were hoping or more..even then there seems to be this “anti-afterglow” and eventual panic when you realize that you must find something new and exciting to look forward to.

Yeah, I see that kind of lamentation in myself and others all the time and I’m sure it has something to do with the Buddhist idea of suffering (mourning the impermanence of moments, events, lifetimes, relationships, everything really); however, I’m also pretty convinced we can do something about this less-than-enthusiastic after-the-fact feeling..this anti-afterglow. And we MUST do something about it… Read more

3 responses to Spreading the plague (of happiness)

  1. Beautifully said! It is so true, yet almost impossible to keep in mind…much less act upon in a meaningful way. If only there was a pill one could take each day . . . ;-)

    • Hey, thanks for the comment! Indeed, this is the response I’ve gotten on the other site I posted this on. Honestly, I was trying to convince myself to live this way as much as anyone else. So, yeah, I was kind of giving myself a pep talk and felt if I was going to put that much into it, I’d share it will others to achieve maximum benefit. I may be a little crazy (talking to myself), but at least I’m considerate, too! hehehehe

      As for the theory versus practice thing, you are spot-on. I know from experience that this is a difficult skill to develop. I feel I’ve merely just began to develop this skill consciously and I suspect it will be a while before it becomes a habit..but I think it’s a worthy endeavor.

      Tis better to have tried and failed than never to have tried at all..? hahaha Sorry, I like butchering well-known sayings; it’s fun! :)

  2. I’ve had some sharp blows in my relatively short life, and that’s what it took to make me realize I’m writing my story, not someone or something else. I can choose my reaction to events. This is obvious when you see two people reacting differently to the same circumstances.

    The other thought I’ve had that pertains to what you wrote is, what keeps us from living a life that satisfies us in the moment? Doesn’t it begin with our beliefs (about what we can and can’t do); doesn’t what we perceive as our reality shape our future, as well as what we experience right now?

    I want to wake up every morning with a purpose that makes me feel secure, happy, fulfilled, and all the other good stuff.

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