“The secret of happiness is to see all the marvels of the world, and never forget the drops of oil in the spoon.” ~Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist …
A quick synopsis of the story goes as such:
A father wanted his son to learn about the secret of happiness from the wisest man in the world, and so sent him to speak with this wise man. After long travels to the palace, and waiting in line, the boy finally conversed with the wise man, and explained to him that he came seeking the secret of happiness.
The wise man suggested that the boy look around the palace and return in two hours. He also handed the boy a teaspoon that held two drops of oil and asked the boy not to spill the oil while he wandered around. When the boy returned, the wise man asked him how he liked his palace–the fine tapestries, rugs, garden–but the embarrassed boy had not noticed any of those things, since he was too busy not spilling the oil. So the wise man sent him back out to go observe the marvels in his palace once again.
This time when the boy returned, he told the wise man in detail all that he had seen. However, he had lost the oil from the spoon. That is when the wise man said, “Well, there is only one piece of advice I can give you. The secret of happiness is to see all the marvels of the world, and never to forget the drops of oil on the spoon.”
Can we keep our eyes, minds, and hearts open enough to see the marvels of the world that constantly surround us, while at the same time meeting all that is required of us today? Can we remain constantly grateful for the unique blessings we have been entrusted with in life, making it a priority to use our talents and our abilities and not squander them, to respect and care for the people and things in our lives, and to show appreciation to the one who made it all so?
Be open to the wonders that surround you today.
Questions to consider:
What are some “marvels of the world” that you have seen recently?
Have they distracted you from your duties and requirements in life? If so, how?
What can you do to practice seeing more things more clearly?
For further thought:
“There is one thing we can do, and the happiest people are those who do it to the limit of their ability. We can be completely present. We can be all here. We can give all our attention to the opportunity before us.” ~Mark van Doren