Happiness Requires an Open Mind

Happiness Requires an Open Mind

IMGP9594People take different roads seeking fulfillment and happiness.  Just because they’re not on your road doesn’t mean they’ve gotten lost.                                 ~H. Jackson Browne

I recently was having a conversation with someone who is like me, science-minded, meaning that they put great faith in what the scientific method can show and teach us.  At one point in the discussion we were having, things turned to relationships and the type of people that we would like to date.  This person made the statement that if anyone said they were spiritual she could not date them.  I probed some more as I wasn’t sure whether she meant that a spiritual person was not religious enough or was too religious.  She cleared things up for me by saying that anyone who could believe in spirituality was an idiot.  I countered with the names of Ghandi, Martin Luther King, and Mother Teresa and sarcastically remarked, “yeah what a bunch of idiots.”

Let us not hold ourselves above our fellow human beings, no matter how great the disparity. To withhold your scorn is already beautiful. To see how we are all of one family is compassion.  ~ Deng Ming-Dao

I think it is important that we all understand that for a person to be happy, they have to be tolerant of others and open to other points of view.   Happiness cannot occur if you spend all of your time being negative and looking down on others.  Finally, I think it is also important, no matter how much faith you have in science, to understand there is still magic in the world.  Children understand this and children are often much happier than adults, it is easy to write that off to their lack of responsibilities, but I believe there is more to it than that.  I believe there is a certain wisdom in the way in which children view the world. Have a happy day my friends ~ Rev Kane

It’s never too late to have a happy childhood.  ~Berkeley Breathed

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About revmichaelkane

Reverend Michael Kane is a writer, photographer, educator, speaker, adventurer and a general sampler of life. His most recent book about hiking and happiness is Appalachian Trail Happiness available in soft cover and Kindle on Amazon
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