A man traveling across a field encountered a tiger. He fled, the tiger after him. Coming to a precipice, he caught hold of the root of a wild vine and swung himself over the edge.
The tiger sniffed at him from above. Trembling, the man looked down to where, far below, another tiger was waiting to eat him. Only the vine sustained him.
Two mice, one white and one black, little by little started to gnaw away the vine. The man then saw a luscious strawberry near him. Grasping the vine with one hand, he plucked the strawberry with the other.
How sweet it tasted.
Remember that your life is not in the past, regretting your decisions and perceived mistakes. And life is not in the future, fearing what might be or putting off enjoyment to ‘someday when…’. No, life is now. Living is now. Happiness, joy, love, bliss – all now, in this moment.
So stop to smell the roses, enjoy the beautiful sunsets, hear the music. Enjoy all the little moments. There are no ordinary moments, but you have to be here, present, now to enjoy them. And, of course, if you see strawberries – stop, enjoy, now, take a minute to forget about your tigers. Sweet 🙂
Happiness, as Beran Wolfe* observed, is not under the radiator. Nor is it in a bigger house, a newer car, or a better job. Happiness is not to be found in having more money, time, toys, space, clothes, sex, food, drink, drugs, exercise, books, TV, sleep, holidays, furniture or chocolate. Certainly, should you choose to look, you will find many happy people who have some or all of these things, but equally you will find any number of unhappy people who have all of these and more in plentiful supply. No, happiness is not to be found under the radiator, under the bed, in the bed, in a flowerbed or up a tree. Happiness is just not to be found. Continue reading Where is happiness?