“We have to be candles burning between hope and despair, faith and doubt, life and death, all the opposites.”*
“So maybe you aren’t any happier, you just think you are.”**
Not everything is measurable. Happiness for example. Well, at least not by the means we try to employ.
As Gretchen Ruben came to the end of her happiness project a scientist friend asked if you had used some systematic measurement. She replies that she hasn’t and goes on to say it’s not that she thinks she is but feels she is and to know is more than thinking.
We can think all we like and we can miss how we feel. I don’t mean the simple feeling of happiness and sadness but the more subtle feelings of connecting with some thing deep within us, or those of disconnection. Noticing these more nuanced feelings and knowing how to interpret them helps us move forward with a more hopeful and imaginative worldview and life-path and away from destructive one.
Elle Luna writes for ‘Anyone looking to follow the energy deep within their chest but aren’t quite sure how to.’^ This joyful excitement within reconciles me with a universe of possibility over and against a world of measurement.^^
All things working together rather than measuring this against that.
(*William Brodrick, quoted in the Northumbria Community‘s Morning Prayer.)
(**A scientist friend of Gretchen Ruben’s, quoted in The Happiness Project.)
(^From Elle Luna’s essay The Crossroads of Should and Must.)
(^^Terms used by Rosamund and Benjamin Zander in The Art of Possibility.)