Thursday, December 20, 2007
the illusion of happiness
The happiness that we seek at the world's bidding is dangerous. If we seek personal happiness as the world suggests we hurt not only ourselves but those around us. The world suggests that personal happiness comes from meeting our own needs before fulfilling the responsibilities we've been given. By seeking personal happiness we hurt those we closest to us and (it may seem surprising) often incidental people in our lives as well.
We are fortunate for mercy. The undeserved grace we've been given even when we screw up.
The irony in this is that we often find the happiness known as joy when we surrender to our responsibilities (there is, by the way, a difference between responsibility and guilt - a difference that is easily and often confused).
I am simply sharing what I learned afresh today.
Peace to You,