As surely as the pendulum swings, the only constant in life is change.
From the harshness of winter comes the vitality of spring. The productivity of summer provides the harvest of autumn. Then, Nature rests once more, before the cycle begins, again.
Such is life. Why, then, are we surprised at the cycles and seasons of our emotions?
If we’re riding the natural highs and lows, there will be periods of vigor and production. There will also be times for pause and rejuvenation. One season is not better than the other. Both are important to achieve the symmetry between action and rest.
At the edges of the pendulum swing is a definitive pause, right before the change in direction. Then, the bob begins its journey to the other side. That action is guaranteed to result in a pause, before another actionable cause.
We only want what we don’t have. Once we have it, we don’t want it anymore.
By default, then, if happiness is a pursuit, it can never be achieved. Once we have the object or subject of our affection, purposeful work, and the attainment of an anticipation, what then? Naturally, we want something else!
Maybe that’s why the old-timers documented for our benefit this observation,
Human desire is never satisfied.
They went on to offer this encouragement,
Don’t wear yourself out trying to get rich. Be wise enough to know when to quit. In the blink of an eye wealth disappears, for it will sprout wings and fly away.
Danger is always at the extremes. That’s why guardrails were invented. Edges are important. They identify where we give pause and remind us to focus our actions on the safe, middle, ground of the highway.
Off in the ditch is no better than speeding toward oblivion. The secret is to keep putting one foot down in front of the other on a purposeful journey of discovery. Guaranteed, there will be Highs and there will be Lows.
Since our steps have direction, we can focus on the present moment. We peacefully accept,
Why try to understand everything along the way?
If the moment is less than pleasant, our thought is, “This too shall pass.” If the moment is an adrenalin rush, we joyfully exclaim, “Wow!”
We can be happy by, simply, enjoying who we are, in any moment, in any place.
As a hero of mine frequently encouraged, “Whatever the situation, make the best of it.”