Inspiring Things in My Room: 2 Happiness
I love this paperweight for the following reasons:
1) It was bought for me by a very dear friend.
2) It was a gift marking the end of a very difficult period of my life where I was profoundly unhappy.
3) There were many external reasons to be unhappy at that time but the internal one was distress at not being where I wanted to be in life. It reminds me of the Buddhist concept that ‘Earthly Desires Are Enlightenment.’ This is the idea that we are always going to want things; that’s being human. (Even having the desire to get rid of all desires, is, itself, a desire. Phew.) The question is; do we use those desires to beat ourselves up? ‘I can’t be happy till I’ve got X, Y, etc.’ Or do we use the desire to help us grow? ‘I’m going to change whatever in me needs to change to achieve X, and I’m going to love every minute of it!’ At that point what we want is sort of irrelevant; we are using the desire to motivate our spiritual growth. And being fulfilled in the meantime.
4) The dear friend in question is a Christian and, while I understand the phrase in the Buddhist terms above, I love that wise stuff is open to all of us to share, regardless.
5) It is one dot short of an ellipsis. Which I am sure is the punchline to a pun I have yet to write.
6) It holds down my papers when it’s windy.