What’s the purpose?

I saw this quote emblazoned across a pretty photograph on Facebook yesterday.

The purpose of our lives is to be happy. – Dalai Lama

Is this true? It seems unlikely and a whole lot of selfish.

Now I’m in no way certain that the Dalai Lama actually said this (honestly I would expect a little more wisdom out of him, but you know how Facebook is).

Consider this idea instead –

Happiness is....

“Don’t aim at success. The more you aim at it and make it a target, the more you are going to miss it. For success, like happiness, cannot be pursued; it must ensue, and it only does so as the unintended side effect of one’s personal dedication to a cause greater than oneself or as the by-product of one’s surrender to a person other than oneself. Happiness must happen, and the same holds for success: you have to let it happen by not caring about it. I want you to listen to what your conscience commands you to do and go on to carry it out to the best of your knowledge. Then you will live to see that in the long-run—in the long-run, I say!—success will follow you precisely because you had forgotten to think about it”
~ Viktor Frankl (Man’s Search for Meaning)

Focus your aim on meaning and purpose, and happiness (and success) will take care of itself.


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