Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Happiness Is Simple

Photo courtesy Ryan McGuire

“Happiness is not a science, an art, or an outcome. It can’t be quantified, procured, or consumed. It’s not invented, but comes naturally from mud and honeysuckle, pitted olives, and doting granddads who hoist you into their laps for a bumpy ride on a secondhand tractor. It’s what we are when we are utterly ourselves in unaffected ease.

“Happiness is simple. Everything we do to find it is complicated.”
—Karen Maezen Miller, Hand Wash Cold

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6 comments:

Sketchbook Wandering said...

Love it. Love the "unaffected ease." I would add unfettered, uncluttered, unburdened...Yes, sometimes it's a lot of work & complicated to "un" those things!

Kathy A. Johnson said...

Rita--I hear you! Right now I'm working on uncluttering my home and life and there is a lot of work involved. There's also a lot of mourning, as I realize I'm never going to (fill in the blank). I believe that there will is true freedom and joy in having and doing less, and that's what I'm working towards.

Karen Maezen Miller said...

You've made me happy. Thank you.

Debbie Nolan said...

Dear Kathy such utter wisdom in these words. Wonderful post. Hope you are having a very happy day! Hugs

Kathy A. Johnson said...

Karen--You've made me happy, too! Thanks for stopping by.

Kathy A. Johnson said...

Debbie--Thanks for the comment and good wishes. I did have a happy day. Hope you did, too.