Real Love

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Love is an untamed force. When we try to control it, it destroys us. When we try to imprison it, it enslaves us. When we try to understand it, it leaves us feeling lost and confused.

After all, what is happiness? Love, they tell me. But love doesn’t bring and never has brought happiness. On the contrary, it’s a constant state of anxiety, a battlefield; it’s sleepless nights, asking ourselves all the time if we’re doing the right thing. Real love is composed of ecstasy and agony.

~ Paulo Coelho

I No Longer…

I no longer tolerate the presence of those who don’t have my best interest at heart.
People who exude negative energy have no place in my life as they inhibit my growth.
I no longer conform to the ways of society in order to be accepted and/or validated. Through my spiritual journey I have realized that I should only be concerned with things that make me happy. It’s my life and I am the ruler of my destiny!
I have no tolerance for those who have no appreciation for nature and seek to destroy it.
I believe in a world of diversity; no one culture is superior to another. Arguments that are biased and simply lack logic enrages me.
I refrain from socialising with educated fools, and those who suffer from sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity irritate me.
I do not get along with those who are selfish and lack empathy. I believe in the power of love.
I have realized that patience is a treasured virtue and I refuse to waste it on things that don’t deserve the little i do have.
I have reached a point in my life where I’m learning to let go of the things that displeases me and accept the things I cannot change.

Inspired by Meryl Streep.

The Happiness Recipe

Happiness is something we spend our entire lives trying to find. However, when we think we have found it we’re most likely mistaken it for pleasure. True happiness is associated with “The Good Life”. It’s about seeking knowledge and nobility (virtue). One can only be happy if he is at peace, have achieved something beyond his own self-interest and affected change in the world. Each person must follow their own path and do what’s right for them; and it starts with the SELF:

Self-Awareness; Self-Exploration; Self-Discovery; Self-Understanding; Self-Love; Self-Transformation; Self-Mastery

     Because it first has to be right within.

       According to John Mill’s Utilitarianism Theory, humans experience two types of pleasure: lower pleasures and higher pleasures. The lower pleasures are those of a physical nature associated with contentment. They are based on the body and are the ones we’re born with; not acquired. The higher pleasures are those of intellect and must be cultivated. In attaining the higher pleasures, there may be challenges encountered. However, it is still desirable because even if you fail to achieve the higher pleasure you build a tolerance to pain and have put so much work in that you are not so disappointed. My definition of happiness is related to the higher pleasures. Many associate happiness with the luxuries of material things, oblivious to many social issues and live blissfully in ignorance.

We should seek to be wealthy, not with money, cars or houses, but qualities such as humility, integrity, patience, wisdom; attributes that cannot be taken away from you, negotiated or bought.