In the midst of hate, I found there was, within me, an invincible love.
In the midst of tears, I found there was, within me, an invincible smile.
In the midst of chaos, I found there was, within me, an invincible calm.
I realized, through it all, that …
In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer.
And that makes me happy. For it says that no matter how hard the world pushes against me, within me, there’s something stronger – something better, pushing right back.
~ Albert Camus, Leila Forés – I Hope
[Image: Sunrise by Nigel Howe, Flickr, Creative Commons.]
Petrea King, director of the Quest for Life Foundation, talks about our First Nature, the source of lasting happiness. She practices in Australia as a counselor, inspirational speaker, and workshop leader in the field of holistic health.
When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down “happy.” They told me I didn’t understand the assignment. I told them they didn’t understand life. ~ John Lennon
Like a bee attracted to a flower, we all naturally gravitate toward happiness and do whatever we can to make it last as long as possible. Consciously and unconsciously, we also shun that which we perceive to cause unhappiness. This is because our fundamental nature is one of happiness. continue reading …