On happiness

Happiness is the most juvenile of emotions.

It is the siren that tempts,
the harbinger of limerence,
the insatiable and deceptive
desire for permanency,
the Achilles heel
that blindfolds you
from the swing of life’s pendulum.

Every Disciple and discipline
has dedicated themselves
to understanding it,
measuring it,
as if it were ambrosia.

But what has its fleeting footsteps taught you?

Has it alone taught you
compromise?
patience?
true empathy?
real love?
the depths and widths of your soul?

Has it alone revealed your true potential?

No!

There is a reason that unbridled happiness belongs in the realm of the child.

It alone can not do all this for you.

Sadness,
disappointment,
fear,
anger,
jealousy,
loss,
grief,
hurt,
and
pain

have all taught you to

pause,

reflect,
understand,
forgive,

hope,

build your childish thoughts into considered ideas.

Just as the lightness of happiness belongs in your world, so too does their heaviness.

So do not let a dervish quest for happiness be your emperor’s new clothes, derobing you from the richness of life’s tapestry that these other emotions offer you.

Understand that real ambrosia comes to those who take the time to consider and immerse in all of life’s lessons, as bitter and sweet as they can be.

xx
Farah

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