A friend expressed her confusion about how to be happy. I told her that I don’t pursue happiness. Contentment? Peace? Acceptance? Yes. Throw in joy when available and I am happy.
So then I am wondering…do I pursue any of these? I don’t think so. And still, perhaps, I call it by different names.
Well, I don’t think I can chase joy. It comes to me unbidden. I can only open myself to the moments as they open themselves to me. I am grateful for it and revel in joy when it comes.
And meaning in life is very important to me. Is my sorting anc culling of what is important in a day a pursuit of meaning? Or does my great pleasure in learning indicate that I am pursuing knowledge in search of some answer? When I corral my errant mind to the present moment and practic mindfulness, am I chasing after peace?
Is all of this the pursuit of happiness?