Meaningfull Happiness...

Somewhere I heard this eye opening statement “You are truly happy only if you live in the present. But to have a meaningful life you need to wallow in the past and obsess about the future. The choice then is whether you want to have a meaning life or be happy.”

My choice was not a conscious one. I have never lived in the present, not for a single whole day. Doesn’t mean I have a very meaningful life. I don’t think so. I mean bringing smiles to other people’s faces doesn’t count as one. Not that I make an effort to do so. So…

Thinking of it in the perspective of the opening statement, “Do I have a choice to change myself NOW? If yes what would my decision be?” I don’t think I NOW have much of a choice regarding what and who I am and how I think. I guess these decisions are unconsciously taken in our childhood when we are not Philosophical enough to understand the impact of our choices. Still…

Coming to the real question: “If I could make the choice now, what would it be - Happy or meaningful?"

Ah… I have managed to inflict so much pain upon myself thinking about the future or brooding over the past that I crave for pure unadulterated happiness. Ironically still, if I were to make a decision now, I would still choose a life of meaning – the meaning I want to give to it.

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