Let go of the people who cause constant pain; let go of the negativity that colors a room more darkly than any coat of paint. Keep close the people you love, the ones who stay engaged and open to life, who bring joy and peace to the house and garden. ~ Dominique Browning
I was a bit down yesterday. Lots of reasons. I keep forgetting that happiness is a habit, something we have to practise regularly. I get so much pleasure from writing, I haven’t been ‘practising’ enough elsewhere.
Many of us don’t deliberately make a habit of practising and choosing happiness. The Dalai Lama gives us guidelines on how to start:
One begins identifying those factors which lead to happiness and those factors which lead to suffering. Having done this, one then sets about gradually eliminating those factors which lead to suffering and cultivating those which lead to happiness. That is the way.
I love how he says “cultivating”, like watering and tending a plant that we hope will bear fruit or flowers. I haven’t been nurturing myself or my family very well recently, and I certainly haven’t been eliminating enough of the things that get me down, like too much time at the computer and taking things too seriously.
So, in keeping with this week’s haiku theme, here are a few wee poems that make me smile. They’re from a book called One Hundred Books In Haiku by David Bader, who reminds us not to take Haiku, the ‘classics’ – or ourselves – too seriously!
METAPHYSICS ~ Aristotle
Substance has essence.
Form adds whatness to thatness.
Whatsits have thinghood.
TAO TE CHING~ Lao Tsu
The eternal Tao.
To know it is not to know.
What is it? Don’t ask.
LITTLE WOMEN ~ Louisa May Alcott
Snowdrops hang like tears.
Shy, sweet, saintly Beth has died.
One down, three to go.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Which blogs or books make you smile? Which make you laugh out loud?