And it came to pass that we lived after the manner of happiness. (Book of Mormon, 2 Nephi, Chapter 5 verse 27)
While reading this morning as part of my daily devotional the above verse hit me hard especially in conjunction with my Tao verse.
Although the Tao is invisible it endures; it will never end.
True Happiness is never ending. Now I have images of Wesley in Princess Bride and the comments Max made about true love running through my head which is appropriate since to me the Tao is the never ending love in the universe, the positive creative force behind creation and it’s ongoing positive energy which combats chaos and eventual decay.
If love and happiness are the positive vibes we put into our lives then barring neurological imbalances- why do we not chose to avail ourselves of the love and happiness in the world? Why do we allow ourselves to fall victim to short term distractions which keep us from what we truly want?
Why do we act in manners which are detrimental to our long term well being? As Alma said – Wickedness never was happiness. What blinds us to the difference? After all sane people don’t say – I think I’ll become a junkie and go looking for a dealer. It takes a sick puppy to do that. But I look at an idea that Steve Jobs held, as documented in his biography, creative people have to have experienced the altered states provided by hallucinogens at least once or they’re fakes. And I know that’s wrong, Philo Farnsworth didn’t take anything and look at how his little invention changed the world.
I watch some of the Facebook posts I see and I understand the train wreck that is coming to those posting and I wonder how they cannot see it. Then I start to wonder about the curves in my road…I look at the curve this last summer and how the layoff of the middle management at the beginning of summer was a good thing for me and at least one other person. I got to spend time with my kids like never before, I met tons of wonderful people, and now I have an incredible job doing what I love.
I am living after the manner of happiness.
Happy Hannukah! Enjoy the Solstice! Merry Christmas! Happy Kwanzaa!