Tag: contentment

Happiness

December 24, 2017 | By | 2 Comments

Happiness is found,
     not in comfort,
     not in pleasure,
     not in riches.
For all these I have had in bitter anguish.
     not in distraction,
     not in amusement,
     not in addiction.
For in constant busyness our hearts languish.
     not in security,
     not in possessions,
     not in position.
For all can fail without warning or whim.
     not in recognition,
     not in praise,
     not in adoration.
For fickle and feckless is the love of men.

Where then can we find the one thing for which we all long?
I am afraid the easy answers, though ubiquitous, are wrong.

Sadness

December 10, 2016 | By | 5 Comments

So I have given some thought lately to sadness that can come from nowhere. Perhaps you know the feeling – life is going just fine, and all the sudden, with no apparent cause, you find yourself unhappy.

I tried to put some of my thoughts in a poem, which you can find below. It’s not a great poem, and it’s not finished, but I have found that if I wait to do something until it is perfect, or as good as it could be, or even as good as I want it to be – well – I wouldn’t get much done.

So here’s to some incomplete thoughts, in an incomplete poem, and my own contentment with it as it is ,and not as it could be:

​Have you ever felt sad, but didn’t know why?
Everything seems fine, except the melancholy underlying.
It is strange, this palpable dissonance,
Between a good fortune and discontentment.
Stranger still is our impotence,
To change our feelings despite our purest intendment.
What answer can I give to a heart so affected?
Perhaps, even in comfort, a heart’s deepest longings are neglected.