I’m all about finding new ways to approach life with the intention of being more effective with our actions.
The life we have on this planet is a phenomena. It seems that the world is so busy with business — the thing that gives us security to live — that there’s no time to stop and think about, and discover, life itself.
I believe this is a root cause of so called unhappiness in many people’s lives.
Happiness , a strange expression that describes nothing particular. And if you say that it means different things to different people, well, that’s also ambiguous enough to give it meaninglessness.
To be content in life is a good sign that happiness is present in your thoughts. It must mean that you are getting things right and that life is a good experience for you.
To have a good income, to have friends and a person close to you who you can call your lover, a family and a satisfying job, that’s a long way down the road to happiness.
Human beings are very similar in their needs. The problems arise when we examine our ways of looking at the world and this phenomena known as life. It’s then that we discover how different we can be.
If we put everybody’s perception of life and the world together and tried to make a book out of it, it would be a catastrophe. The task would be overwhelmed by the conflict of ideas that can never be allied to each other.
The search for contentment, happiness and a peaceful life by an individual is often marred by the conflict that is encountered in the single mind.
Our minds, our brains, are complex organs that are capable of inventing many ideas and convincing us that the latest idea is The Idea, it’s going to change everything, to follow this new idea will bash the hell out of the old ideas and make life, finally, sweet and harmonious.
If,like myself, you have a brain that hunts all of the time, is always on the lookout for new ideas about how to do things better, then you probably have the experience of thought exhaustion now and again. The feeling that your brain wants to throw its arms up and shout ‘I haven’t a bloody clue what this is all about!’, this is perfectly normal, and you should lie down for an hour and hope the world goes away. When you wake, it will be dawn again, the sun rising in your mind and you’ll be ready to get the horses and dogs to go on the hunt, once again.
I think the brain hunts for clues to happiness. It will glady romp across the hills of thought from dawn till dusk and return with a measly brace of ideas that may or may not be sustenance for the table of thought. It enjoys the journey and learns about itself on the way. The brain develops by thinking and challenging itself to delve deeper into ideas and beliefs that we hold dear.
Beliefs that we protect, hidden in deeper burroughs of the mind so that they become thoughts that guide us and not only passing thoughts to be battered by a new idea.
People attempt to build systems of belief — and then convince others to follow these systems. It might seem like a good idea, a ready made cut-out version of living life, but surely, you will encounter the conflicts that I mentioned before.
Imagine, you live your life, have experience, and know that you have certain values that you hold dear to yourself. These values are the very things upon which your beliefs are built. Then, some smart arse comes along and tells you that you’ve got it all wrong and they will now show you a much better set of beliefs that will make your life better — “you’ll definitely make a lot more money.” Well, that nails it, you think, and you start investigating the new ideas of how to believe in yourself and view the world according to their way.
It all seems fine, for a short while, then something happens. You experience conflicting thoughts in your mind that cause you to sit and pose, similar to Rodin’s “Thinker” statue, for hours on end each evening. The new belief system that you were told is the ultimate idea in living, is conflicting with those deeply hidden thoughts of your own; you got those values from life itself, growing up, from loving and losing, and from every disappointment that caused your heart to feel wrenched and wrought by the storm of life. Those thoughts are your beliefs, they have been won through tears and anguish. They will not be easily usurped by an upstart.
Of course, when we take a deep look at what’s happening, we see that a poacher has decided to invade your territory and simply populate the landscape of your life with their own beliefs and ideas, traps and all.
The whole point of having values and beliefs is to help us navigate our way through life. The way is unknown, we are explorers traversing a universe of ideas that no other can tell us about. They can indicate and discuss what they have so far experienced, we can decide to evaluate and weigh up their ideas with our own beliefs, but to take their word as gospel and dispense with everything we have learned is to attempt to transplant our brain for theirs.
Conflict is always present in life. Without it we perish, because there will be no way of deciding how to view the world, and how to best go forwards in life without it. Conflict can be a mechanism to establish our own ideas and to test the truths of life.
To wish for a happiness that is conflict free is to wish for a life of boredom, why would anybody wish for such a life?
Enjoy the sunrise and be sure to choose a strong horse for the hunt.