What makes us happy and satisfied?
I have long been pondering the connection between progress and happiness. We think we can have one without the other, but actually neither progress, nor happiness can stand the test of time without the other. The number one insight into this connection comes from Mary Baker Eddy, I find. In her phenomenal article "Love your enemies" she writes:
"A false sense of what constitutes happiness is more disastrous to human progress than all that an enemy or enmity can obtrude upon the mind or engraft upon its purposes and achievements wherewith to obstruct life's joys and enhance its sorrows."
(Miscellaneous Writings p. 9:30)
Even if our current challenge does not involve relationships at home or at work but other issues like health, supply, education, or general development, her insight is still applicable and practical. Give it some deep thought and give it a chance to transform your sense of being. When needing a progressive step in your life, check your concept of happiness, this quote is telling me. And get an upgrade in your understanding of and feeling for Good, divine Love --- real, authentic, stable Love.
Tony Lobl, Tad Blake-Weber, and I spoke about this subject for the Christian Science Sentinel, and you might enjoy chiming in with your own thoughts. We all, in our individual ways, constitute the fabric of life and sort out every day how to spend well the time granted to us. Can we see that this is God's day, lived in God's world, the world of Spirit, where dignity, wholeness, and worth are granted to every single one of us? Are happiness and satisfaction available to everyone, everywhere? Does God have anything to do with this? Three times yes.
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