March 3, 2011
in reading and making notes, i found this to be true - just like our palates that are most satisfied when there is a balance of sweet, salty, bitter, and sour - my life feels most balanced when i can accept that life is that series of ups and downs. as nietzsche said, "the end of a melody is not its goal, but nonetheless, if the melody not reached its end, it would not have reached its goal either. a parable"
so, in making happiness not my goal but part of the melody - when i reach my end, i would have enjoyed the melody all along. this ... makes me very happy... very.