HAPPINESS

A woman said that after many struggles and heartbreaks she was finally happy. “I wish I could keep it this way and never lose it.”

“Try not to possess it, only let it be present,” the sage suggested. “The shores don’t own the ocean, nor the river banks the water that passes between them. Happiness is there in the moment, free of ownership and as delicate as a morning flower.”
( (Francis J Padinjarekara: A Dewdrop in the Ocean. Mumbai: Awareness Arc, 2009)

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    1. Mikael Hägne says:

      Amen! Reminds me about a story I read recently. See if I remember a short version of it correctly? It was about an American tourist who visited a fishing village in Africa, One morning she saw a fisherman coming back from a three hour long fishingtrip with his catch of the day. The tourist asked him if he was going back out later on. -No he answered. -So what are you going to do the rest of the day? Oh I´m going back to my house rest a bit, play with my children, take a walk and spend time with my wife and then eat.

      The tourist then asked him if he ever thought about going back out a second time, so he could make some more money. -What should I use that money for the fisherman asked? Well then you could afford to buy som bigger net so you could make even more money the tourist said. -And what should I use that for the fisherman asked again politely. -Well then you could afford to hire someone to do your fishing for you so you could start a small fishing industry and make even more money. -And what should I use that for he continued asking. -Well eventually you would become rich enough so you hardly have to work anymore. -I see the fisherman replied and what should i use the time for then?
      -Then you could rest a bit, play with your children, take a walk and spend time with your wife and eat.

      nn

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