• What makes us jump for joy?

    Most commonly, people in the western world, want more wealth in the belief that riches will lead to happiness. There is an underpinning assumption that we need “something more” in order to be happy… and that wealth will buy us time for better things.

    Many different ideas exist about what happiness is. We all get uncountable offers from so many sources with suggestions about some ‘Thing’ that will make us happy.

    My inbox is filled every day with emails from the internet’s version of ‘snake oil salesmen’ with sure-fire potions to bring me wealth, a magic widget, easy ways to become top of my field… and all tell me “you’ll never be happier than when you try this…”. Sadly, I feel far from happy because it is not “Me” they are addressing … it is their attempt to understand me – which only I can do. At worst their offers frustrate me, at best I get a good laugh.

    There are plenty of websites and blogs that list steps to save us time and effort to get stuff done, so we’ll have time to be happy. The notion seems to be that when we get stuff done we will be able to experience happiness because we will be free; perhaps to play, dream or sleep. To my way of thinking “free” means we can simply enjoy our natural birthright – which somewhere along the line got squished out of sight. None the less it’s perfectly normal to want that quick fix, and, like countless others, going along like sheep, we are following the listed steps but finding that the path isn’t leading anywhere we want to be?

    Deep down we all know life is a bit more complex. Can there really be just “nine steps to your abundant life”? “Twenty steps to achieve anything”?  Could it be the other way around?  Perhaps accepting simple happiness, for its own sake, leads to the greatest wealth of all? Could ‘less’ be ‘more’? Could simple contentment with our birthright be enough to replace the perpetual striving for happiness?

    Back in antiquity the ancient Chinese calculated the components of life which they called ‘everything that exists under heaven and earth’ to be ten thousand things. To truly understand life and how to live well, perhaps a path with ten thousand steps make more sense? What if that path could be condensed into a simple process that encompasses the ten thousand things and yet easily yields wisdom for those who walk upon it?

    For decades I pondered on this and have indeed designed a path with 10,000 steps that can be shown in a compact and easy to follow visual arrangement. From its concise pattern we can discover all things that make up heaven and earth with one good long look.  It lets us see how having this understanding will help us to become personally effective (and hopefully happy) because it enables us to find just what we’re looking for; and not what someone else presumes we are looking for.

    Because this path is based on the composite arrangement of all knowledge it is possible to connect with all knowledge easily. But most importantly we can interact with it and it enables us to connect with our own primal knowledge. Our own inner wisdom.

    The more we know the less there is to fear. When we’re not afraid we become effective.         

    “Life is Beautiful.    

    Knowledge is Life with Wings”   ~ Kahlil Gibran