I would love to wake up next to you, in a tent somewhere in the woods.
All the delightful things of the world—sweet sounds, lovely forms, all the pleasant tastes and touches and thoughts—these are all agreed to bring happiness if they are not grasped and possessed. But if you regard them merely as pleasures for your own use and satisfaction and do not see them as passing wonders, they will bring suffering.
~ The Buddha ~ [Sutta Nipata]
Did you notice it? How you stressed about getting a gift for someone? How you got all depressed when the money for what someone wanted wasn’t there? How the wanting to please others with the gift of material things created tension within yourself and consequently tension in relationships or everyday encounters? You see, the desire to give is inherent in all of us, yet the greatest gifts that one can give doesn’t have to wait for any season to be given - The gifts of attention and sincerity, of kindness and love can be given everyday, if one can only transcend the conditioning, that material things are enough to show one’s love.
I cannot tell if what the world considers ‘happiness’ is happiness or not. All I know is that when I consider the way they go about attaining it, I see them carried away headlong, grim and obsessed, in the general onrush of the human herd, unable to stop themselves or to change their direction. All the while they claim to be just on the point of attaining happiness
Some days I woke up and got out of bed and brushed my teeth like any normal human being; some days I woke up and lay in bed and looked at the ceiling and wondered what the hell the point was of getting out of bed and brushing my teeth like any normal human being.