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.
scribbled by Char
Labels: exploration, the happiness project
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hi, char -- first, glad you found your travel journal. excellent. second, another terrific post (what's new?!). third, please take this with as little urgency or obnoxiousness (on my part) that you can: i read a book years ago on happiness (who'd a thunk) that seriously made my day, year, and life much richer. however, it is from a spiritual perspective, but i'll suggest it nonetheless as i trust you'll know that this humble suggestion comes from a good place. "joy that last" by gary smalley. food for thought.ReplyDelete
so glad you found it!ReplyDelete
and it is definitely possible to be happy and sad at the same time. i struggle with this a lot, but i know i should just be grateful for the happy moments, and know that they would mean less if there was not any sad moments.
i think i need to grab that book at barnes this weekend.....and i'm so happy you found your little journal....xoReplyDelete
When I was in the deepest stages of depression there were glimmers of happiness, so I do think it's possible to be happy and unhappy at the same time. Little bits of both seem to shine through at different periods. So life is a balance of both, I think.ReplyDelete
I think you are very wise.ReplyDelete
aside from being a phenomenal photographer.
Glad you found your journal.
I'm glad you found your journal!ReplyDelete
Whew! Have a good cry my friend.
Sometimes, when we shed away the
unhappiness with tears, you start
to feel your heart filling up with
a renewed feeling. One much more
I'm really glad you found your journal...ReplyDelete
It would be like losing a part of yourself.
I'm so tired, tired from all this excitement around here, counting my blessings, and when I count my blessings, I count you twice...
see ya later,
Dear Char ...you have put a smile on my face and a song in my heart with this post today...I hope you may always have more ups than downs in your life:)....like finding your journal:)ReplyDelete
So glad that you found what was missing. And Char, this photo is magical. I love it.ReplyDelete
Glad you found it.ReplyDelete
i need to get that book... and i love that shot.ReplyDelete
Yes, I've found that to be quite true myself ...ReplyDelete
So glad you found your wee journal--and may your weekend be heavy on the happy!
beautifully stated...thank you, i will enjoy pondering on the melody you speak of...like an elegant piece of music with both high and low notes...sweet balance...ReplyDelete
I love the thoughts of traveling ~ it was just what I needed to bring a smile to my face.ReplyDelete
I am counting on all my friday's favorite friends to get me through the week!
sigh ..looking up with you as I rest in the words ..and questions.. happy friday ..i linkied you this week..ReplyDelete
I love finding things that were once lost.ReplyDelete
i read that book last year, i like the way she took such a pragmatic approach to happiness. i don't think happiness is a permanent state, we have to have ups and downs and everything in between. i think it is contentment that can flow with us through the days...ReplyDelete
It's a great feeling when you find something you love. Good for you.ReplyDelete
Without the valleys, we would not appreciate the peaks...ReplyDelete
So glad you found your little journal! And what a beautiful image in this post!
I struggle with that same thing. I haven't read the book but I don't think we are meant to be happy all the time. If we didn't have the unhappy times then we wouldn't appreciate the wonderful feeling of being happy. I hope that doesn't sound childish. Love the post and the photo.
nice thought and your photo seems very fitting to it. : )ReplyDelete
That was my number one book of last year. I hope you are loving, loving, loving it.ReplyDelete