There once was a man who found that he was extremely unhappy. He thought about his unhappiness all the time. Each time anything happened in his life, he would chalk it up to just another reason as to why he was so unhappy. This went on for many years.
Finally he had had enough. He decided to embark on a quest to search for happiness. But he did not know where to look.
So he decided to attend as many parties, nightclubs and amusement parks that he could. But he did not find happiness there.
He decided to get away from the noise of the parties and nightclubs and instead sought to find happiness in nature. He spent time at the beach, in the ocean, in the forests, on high mountaintops and in green fertile valleys. But he did not find happiness there.
Finally, he thought he would find the secret to happiness from the learning of the world. He sought out professors, scholars and spent much time in the libraries of universities and places of higher learning. But he did not find happiness there.
By this time he was about to give up. Then, one day he met a man from the Middle East who was the happiest man he had ever met. Just being around this man made him feel happy.
He decided happiness was sure to be found in the ancient wisdom of the India. He packed his bags and flew to India in search of his happiness.
Upon his arrival he went straight to the wise man of the capital city. When he was finally able to meet with the wise man, he told him of his long journey and his quest to find personal happiness.
Said the man, “I went to parties, amusement parks and nightclubs but I found no happiness there.”
“I went to high mountain tops and low fertile valleys. I spent time on beaches, at the ocean and in the forests. But, I found no happiness there.”
“I studied at places of higher learning, listened to professors at universities and read books in many of the great libraries. But I found no happiness there”
“This long search for happiness has led me to you, O’ wise man. I seek to find my happiness here with you.”
The old man smiled and then chuckled out loud. “I am afraid you have not understood the nature nor the source of happiness.
“That which you are without, can only be found within!”
“You will not find your happiness here, for you have brought your unhappiness with you!”
The traveler then asked, “So, where do I find happiness?”
“That my friend, it is entirely up to you.”
~ Chuck Gray © 2017 – All Rights Reserved
AUTHOR’S NOTE :
There are three points made by the wise man.
- That which you are without, can only be found within.
- You will not find your happiness here, for you have brought your unhappiness with you!”
- Where you find your happiness is entirely up to you.
I will address each one in the next three blog posts.
~ Chuck Gray
Living The American Dream
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