A Little of Riley: The Art of Happiness
There has to be more to life than this, right? Lately, I’ve really been questioning the purpose of life. Because let’s face it, life without purpose ultimately has no meaning. I guess you can say that I’m on a quest to fill the void I sometimes feel. I rationalize that if I feel a profound sense of purpose, then my life wouldn’t seem so inconsequential and aimless.
The irony of this self-perpetuated conundrum is that in my pursuit to confirm that life isn’t just a series of meaningless events, I’m discovering that it’s exactly what it is. My friends tell me that I’m too analytical and esoteric; I should stop questioning everything and let go.
So for now, I’ve decided to just go along with wherever life takes me… although I question the validity of that decision as well… go figure.
One thing I will hold on to is the hope that one day I will find what I’m looking for, whatever that may be…
“Drink wine, this is life eternal. This is all that youth will give to you. It is the season for wine, roses, and drunken friends. Be happy for this moment….for this moment is your life.” – Omar Khayyam
To purport that this book is the most thought provoking biography is an astounding understatement.
The 63-year-old Tibetan Buddhist monk, who spent all of his adult life living in exile from his ravaged homeland, really challenges us to put things into perspective. Every chapter just left an indelible mark on my soul. It’s one of those books that will alter the course of one’s life, if absorbed.
It absolutely forced me to evaluate myself more introspectively and kindled a desire in me to shift my way of thinking and reclaim my innate state of happiness.
A definite MUST READ!!!