That Which You Are Without, Can Only Be Found Within

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In my last article, I spoke about “The Man Who Searched For Happiness.” In that exemplum, the wise man told the seeker of happiness, three things. One of which was:

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“I am afraid you have not understood the nature nor the source of happiness. That which you are without can only be found within!”


If you listen wisely and carefully, you will see that the insight offered by the wise man has two meanings to ponder.

Insight #1: Anything you seem to lack can only be found within yourself.
Insight #2: The outer man we all see, reveals the hidden inner man.

Let’s start with Insight #1.

You remember the Cowardly Lion in the Wizard of Oz. The lion was a big talker on the outside, but his heart was full of fear and self-doubt. His utmost desire was to have bravery. But all he could focus on was his own self-doubt and fears. He thought he could obtain courage from the Wizard of Oz. But, the Wizard could not give him true bravery.

Instead he eventually found the courage he wanted, but not by thinking about himself or what he lacked. Instead, he unwittingly found his courage by focusing on the needs of another. When Dorothy was in trouble, he forgot his own self-pity and declared,

“All right, I’ll go in there for Dorothy. Wicked Witch or no Wicked Witch, guards or no guards, I’ll tear them apart. I may not come out alive, but I’m going in there.”

That is when he gained courage – by forgetting himself and focusing on the troubles of another.

Just as the Lion could not obtain courage from the Wizard, the young man could not obtain happiness from the wise man either. Both must come from within. Happiness, like courage, can only be gained by focusing on others.

Insight #2: The outer man we all see, reveals the hidden inner man.

The lion revealed his true nature by standing up for someone other than himself. When he first met Dorothy, he acted like a bully. But this only revealed his true inner self – He was afraid. Later, his outward actions changed as his heart changed within. He was no longer concerned about himself. He became concerned for Dorothy and thereby revealed his real courage within.

As you see, your happiness comes from your heart being concerned for others and not your concerns for your own needs. Your joy comes from the happiness you give away.

~ Chuck Gray
Living The American Dream

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  1. I’m still learning from you, as I’m trying to achieve my goals. I definitely liked reading all that is written on your site.Keep the posts coming. I enjoyed it!

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