“The secret of happiness is freedom. The secret of freedom is courage.” ~Thucydides
Yet again a quote has struck me in such a way that I feel compelled to speak on it.
If the above quote is true, then the greatest secret of the universe has been discovered. And it has been right under our nose for two thousand years (as most great truths are). The world wants happiness. Humans pursue it in money, in power, and in love.
I suspect that love and compassion are the true paths to a life filled with these same emotions. Yet, happiness itself, whatever it is, derives from the pursuit of our life’s true purpose. And the only true obstacle to achieving that purpose is the courage to pursue it.
It is tough to be brave. And sometimes it is dangerous. Often we imagine that an object of our desire may not be worth the effort of the pursuit. Then again, is it the effort we consider or our fears? Fears of failure, and of success. Fears of change, and of others’ reaction to that change.
If you want to be happy, then you just have to go get that happiness. Let your heart guide you. There is no worse death than a life spent in fear of pursuing what you love. Go get it!
All the best,