Desire

Desire

“Desire is a contract you make with yourself to be unhappy until you get what you want.”
- Unknown

Someone once told me that I had big desire.  I was proud. It was a compliment.  I want to accomplish a lot, see a lot, do a lot, and have a lot.  Therefore I am ambitious.  Does that mean I am unhappy with what I have?  That I am unhappy in the moment?  Technically it does.  But I didn’t feel unhappy at the time the observation was shared with me.  I was on a path, I reminded myself.  I had goals.  I knew where I was going.  But did I?  How can you enjoy the moment, if you are always focused on a future moment?

“When someone seeks,” said Siddhartha, “then it easily happens that his eyes see only the thing that he seeks, and he is able to find nothing, to take in nothing, because he always thinks only about the thing he is seeking. Because he has one goal, because he is obsessed with his goal. Seeking means: having a goal. But finding means: being free, being open, having no goal.”

Desire is a tricky game.  Choose yours wisely.

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