Encounters with myself … others … Life !
If you had to choose between happiness and something or someone that you desperately want, what would you choose?
It seems such an inane question … but think about it a moment. Aren’t there things in life, decisions we make every day that we know will not bring us happiness – and yet we make them?
As Anthony Mello de Mello puts it in his reflections on Awareness:
“…. we don’t want to be happy. We want other things. Or let’s put it more accurately: We don’t want to be unconditionally happy. I’m ready to be happy provided I have this, that and the other thing. But this is really to say to our friend, or to our God or to anyone, ‘You are my happiness. If I don’t get you, I refuse to be happy.’
It’s so important to understand that. We cannot imagine being happy without those conditions. That’s pretty accurate. We cannot conceive of being happy without them. We’ve been taught to place our happiness in them.”
So when you have to choose between happiness and something or someone that you want, what will you choose ? Honestly …..