In Pt I of this series we looked at how the pursuit of happiness isn’t working. Happiness is temporary, it comes and goes. Pursuing happiness makes as much sense as pursuing the wind. When it comes you can feel it, and a nice cool breeze feels so good, but when it’s gone you can’t chase it down and hold on to it.
So what should we be chasing? If a state of happiness is unattainable, is there a state of anything we can attain? I believe so, yes.
This is something we can not only obtain, but we can attain it through our own devices. Gandhi, having been shot in the chest three times was said to have raised his hands to his face in an act of greeting to his assassin. Foxe’s Book of Martyrs tells of countless people under oppression who lived with peace. Peace may be found through faith and religion, nature, meditation, yoga, or creative activities or a number of other activities.
Aside from being able to attain peace, there is another big difference between peace and happiness. Happiness is about taking from the outside to fulfill the inside. It is about things, events, people, etc making me feel good. Peace is about letting go of “me” and being a part of something else, something bigger.
In the final part of this trilogy we’ll look at some practical tips for finding peace.
Here are the three takeaways for today:
1 – We can’t always experience happiness as it is reliant on how we perceive external events to be impacting us.
2 – Peace happens when we are able to understand the bigger picture, that the world isn’t here for us, we are here for the world.
3 – A pursuit of happiness is a pursuit that can never be ended. Peace is restful.
In a world where everything flies at us at the speed of light, it is easy to think that happiness can be a replacement for peace. It’s certainly quicker to attain, just watch your favourite TV show for 30 minutes. However, it is easier to lose as well. Happiness is the wrong goal and a wasted pursuit.
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