I have exhausted myself. In the last two weeks, inspired by an Oprah episode, I have tried and failed to become a vegetarian. Likewise I have tried and failed to lose weight. Tried and failed to "fix" the painting I'm working on. And so on. Trying to catch happiness. Caught a (two-week and counting) horrid cold instead.
Trying hard to listen to the soul and not the ego. Failing, predictably, as it is the ego who demands we "try hard" in the first place. Ack.
What you want you will not get. What you don't want, you will have. A koan. Or whatever those Zen riddles are called.
The one brilliantly bright spot I have created amongst the recent ruins is this prayer:
May today be Beautiful. May all my relations be held in the hands of God.
Well, it's simple.
The things that make me happiest are simple. Lace-like shadows of ferns against a white fence - a mockingbird singing its heart out - a donut.
What are your simple solutions to gain happiness?