Tuesday, May 10, 2005

H and C

I'm in a kinda weird mood nowadays. Very unnaturally quiet and reflective, pondering deep ponderations and thinking philosophiocal thoughts... Here's something that really struck me hard today.

People pay thousands, perhaps millions of dollars, to find happiness and contentment. In designer heels and flashy cars. In sulphur springs and yoga. In monasteries and Baskin Robbins. And when they've got whatever it was was that they arrogantly and misguidedly threw their money at, they wonder if it was worth it, whether they really have attained happiness. Happiness is not always about material acquisitions or spiritual awakenings. Or even achievements - winning an award, clearing an exam. These are but fleeting, not rooted in true emotion but merely a means of loosening the knots of tension in our bodies and minds or reassuring oneself that one is still capable of something or the other.

Picture this.

I return home after a four day trip, at half past six in the morning. My brother is curled up on the bed, on his side, his face pressed against the pillow. He's had a haircut just the previous evening, which accentuates his cheeks and makes him look very cuddly-cute. I kiss him lightly on his forehead. He wakes up and stares at me while his vision focusses, then smiles sleepily. "Hi Anna," he murmurs, and pats the bed next to him. I lie down, and he kisses me, puts his arm across my chest and snuggles up to me. In another 30 seconds, he's fast asleep, making little baby noises.

Now that is the closest I've come to true happiness and contentment in a very very long time.

9 comments:

Sarath said...

hey...among the things people pursue for H & C you left out B & D...these are not necesarily fleeting but can last a while..

Srikar said...

well said my friend. Even such amall things can give us so much happiness but we run after big things...

>|' ; '| said...

family is something of infinite value...

CoNfUsEd said...

hey.. so know what ur talking abt, especially now that i'm away from home.. small li'l things that i took for granted seem like a big deal now!

odeen said...

Everyone realises this at some part of their lives and when they do, they change, when they change, they change others and the next thing you know... the world is live-able. Have you read Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance?

AC said...

Hey Sarath, What are B&D?? Been racking my brain for a while now but I still don't get it...

Entropy: I made one aborted attempt when in school (it was way beyond me then), but I've got the book now and have just started...

Anonymous said...

engineering,medicine,law, these are all noble pursuits and necessary for life; but romance, love, passion this is what we live for.
-John Keating (Dead Poet's Society)

Sarath said...

sorry i meant booze and dope..

AC said...

How true... I mean the Keating line... romance, love and passion are in short supply in life now... sigh...

Thanks Sarath... hmmm, I've never given D a try...