The Dao of Life – Part 2 – True Happiness
Every kind of success will bring joy to our lives. We feel incredible when we manage to achieve our pre-defined goals. It is a positively marvellous sensation to taste ‘success’. However, this prosperity will not produce True Happiness. We may feel joyful for a while; but, we move on, we always do.
After achieving a goal, we set it aside, and move to another one. This is embedded in our subconscious that we always want to climb higher and achieve better things. We do not feel fulfilled with the achievement of an individual goal. Every success is, in fact, a step towards the next goal.
The achievement of a goal will not bring real and sustainable Happiness; it is not Long-lasting; we are forgetful creatures!
Moreover, achieving a goal could easily mean losing other possibilities. If you work harder and more extended hours, you might achieve the long-awaited promotion and the increase in your income, which certainly will make you happy! However, you might lose many happy times with your family; you may not see your child growing up; you may never see them laughing while playing. The feelings and affections between you and your family may diminish, fading day after day while you are working hard and enjoying your success at work.
The whole nature is in equilibrium, not just an isolated part of it. Nothing is detached; everything is connected to each other. True happiness comes when you are successful in achieving multiple and most of the times contradicting goals.
When you manage your business prosperity along with your family success, then you are truly happy. Moreover, the most important thing about True Happiness is that it is not temporary. True Happiness is a sustainable, long-lasting sheer bliss.
It is not an easy task; it is actually very hard to achieve true happiness. It requires you to limit your desired targets in some areas in order to create space for other goals in other aspects of life. It is essential to be able to manage the conflicting interests and needs.
This is the Art of Maintaining Equilibrium: the way you decide, move, and interact with your surrounding environment in complete harmony with nature’s equilibrium.
There are so many demands from us, not only from the society and the environment around us, but also from ourselves. The needs we have and the ambitions we are after, they all demand our time and energy, as do our family and other things around us. To manage all the conflicting interests and maintain the equilibrium is the Art of Conflict Management.
But, how to manage the ever-increasing burden of your job concurrent with the social and emotional needs of your family, as well as yours? You have only a limited amount of time, and you have to manage it so effectively that you could achieve success in both business and personal life. Managing these conflicting forces is the only way that you can experience True Happiness.