In a poster sale at my university recently, both of my friends spotted this poster and said how it was very ‘me’ and I’m so glad because I absolutely love it. It’s been on my bedroom wall for a couple weeks now and I love it for many reasons.
First of all, it’s about Buddhism, a faith I am infinitely interested in, since studying it last year at university. I sometimes flick through the sacred texts from time to time because I continue to be inspired by them.
Secondly, it’s orange! It has such an Autumnal vibe to it, it’s making my bedroom feel cosy!
Thirdly, I really love the quote. Obviously, happiness is something I am fascinated by and unfortunately not many philosophers have a lot to say on the subject so anything happiness related, I like to think about. What makes us happy, how do we make others happy, is happiness the reason we do most things? etc…
‘Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases from being shared‘.
I love this metaphor. It’s true. If you’re in a good mood, you should try to enhance the general happiness of everyone you meet that day. If you’re happy and you do something to make another person happy, it does not halve your happiness, to give to the other person. It just means that now there are two happy people instead of one.
I think if everyone thought like that and did nice things for each other with a goal of making more people happy then there would be such a good balance in the world because if you, one day, were happy and made other people happy around you but then the next day, weren’t so happy, someone around you might change that.
We can’t all be rich and successful etc but something that we can all strive towards, that is possible for everybody is happiness so I think it should be the ultimate goal of everyone because if you’re happy about yourself, your situation, everything then nothing can phase you anymore, you’ve reached untouchability.
Anyway, I just liked this because it gave me something to think about so I thought I’d share it.