Tibetan monks make some of the most intricate pieces of sand art in the world. Do you know what they do when they are finished? Take a picture or sell the art? Neither. They brush it all away and never see it again. Why? To teach themselves about how not to get caught up in life- in the end, it withers away like sand in the wind.
Life is the single most important gift bestowed upon us. We realize this and end up fretting about every detail to make it perfect. But life is never about the finished product; it’s not about the stories that are told about us after our funeral- for nobody’s life is ever completely known. Life is solely about the journey. It is about placing every grain of sand where we can, in the small amount of time we have. But every grain of sand will eventually go away, and that’s ok. We can appreciate the art we’ve created. We should not care what this art looks like, because it’s not important. We live for about 80 years, and then we die.
Videogames have actually given me some insight here. People will play games for about 300 hours, and then they will beat them and never play them again. We get caught up in the story, the gameplay, and the characters. Once the story has been told, we leave that world, on to another one and play another game. Get caught up in the characters and stories of this life, learn a thing or two, or teach others. Play the game of life for 80 years, realize it’s not permanent, and enjoy the ride. It’s just a game.
Artists spend countless hours, months, or even years on their paintings, and then they just sell it to a stranger- someone who will never appreciate it as much as the original. Why? Because, they have not grown an attachment to their work, but also because they are sharing some aspect of themselves with the world. Live your life the best you can and spread the knowledge and love you carry with you. You may not be permanent but the gifts you give to humanity are.
Hopefully you can take something from Happiness 102. You definitely have learned something, and it makes me happier to share my knowledge with you! All of these techniques, I have applied to my own life, and I am more happy since I first began studying this. It’s not an overnight thing; you won’t read this and suddenly become happy. It will take work to apply all of these techniques to your own life, but one day you will think about your past and how you used to feel. You will notice how much happier you are compared to your past.
I know this took a long time to read, and I’m glad you did spend your time reading this. I hope this truly did benefit you. Have a good day, and stay happy 🙂 !