“Happiness is a matter of one’s most ordinary and everyday mode of consciousness being busy and lively and unconcerned with self.” ~ Iris Murdoch
Can happiness be this simple?
There are a couple of ironies to this statement. First is of being busy. In our culture we have exchanged busyness for fulfilment. There is a tendency to brag about being too busy with ‘important’ things to even have time for ourself. We forego the pleasurable activities and pursuits that enable us to develop our inherent talents into skills and life work. They are pleasurable because as we learn and grow bring we something unknown and desirable into the world, as did author Iris Murdoch.
Secondly we become unconcerned with self as in ‘self-conscious’ in its obstructive definition when we fully express our unique self-ness. It is diving into the depth of self and revealing that singular beauty without reservation that we know the truth of our selflessness within the whole of Life. In this unconcern we embrace every day with wonder and liveliness and the ordinary becomes extraordinary. Happiness can be this simple.
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