Happiness is essentially a state of going somewhere, wholeheartedly, one-directionally, without reservation or regret.**
Logic demands a direct connection between reason and action, but psycho-logic doesn’t.^
William Sheldon is describing what I have come to understand as my slow journey in the same direction, it is living in the direction of my True Self.
I do not say as my True Self because I have much further to travel, each step intended to be with the grain of who I am, though, as Richard Rohr understands only too well, this is not easy:
Living in the True Self is simply a much happier existence, even though we never liver there a full twenty-four hours a day. But you henceforth have it as a place to always go back to.^^
Sheldon may call it happiness but it often feels like failure, disappointment, distraction or frustration and yet the path keeps calling. It is a deeper path, hence including Rory Sutherland’s remark which recognises that we are psycho-logic beings. Logic will struggle to make sense of following a path we cannot see; it helped us up the first mountain we climbed for ourselves but not with the commitment needed to climb the second mountain for others.
This is vocation, a second mountain experience; not what do I expect of life but what does life expect of me:
The sense of calling comes from the question, What is my responsibility here?*^
From this, I understand the path unfolds for me from the future rather than being determined from the past. I have no idea what will happen because I haven’t been there before, but I have faith to take me there. Faith is not a religious concept, it is a human ability:
The orientation of faith is such that it exists not in and of itself but as a quale-like response, to the Umwelt, the reality around us.^*
I’m glad we have faith because, as Brooks observes and I have experienced:
the messy way [vocation] happens in actual lives doesn’t feel holy at all; just confused and screwed up.
Have no doubt, you are being called and you are more than prepared for sensing the psycho-logical path
(*Why not listen to Supertramp’s Logical Song as you read?)
(**William Sheldon, quoted in David Brooks’ The Second Mountain.)
(^From Rory Sutherland’s Alchemy.)
(^^From Richard Rohr’s Immortal Diamond.)
(*^From David Brooks’ The Second Mountain.)
(^*From Alex McManus‘ Blue Moments – unpublished.)