The fortune on my herbal teabag today said: “Happiness comes when you overcome the most impossible challenge.” I pondered what that meant and how it can be interpreted. At first, I was staunchly against this idea. One may consider the “most impossible challenge” to be conquering an illness. What if that “impossible challenge” never comes to fruition? Are we doomed to wallow in a sad, hopeless state for the rest of our lives because of unmet impossible challenges?
Do I think that achieving a perceived impossibility will bring happiness? No. Happiness is not hiding in some dark corner of an unreachable shelf. Happiness resides inside us at all times. We only have to choose to access it, to set aside the drudgeries of life and embrace it. There is no triumphant challenge that will give us happiness.
As quickly as I tossed the teabag out, I returned to the kitchen to retrieve it. I wanted to look at it once more and really think about the possibilities. I don’t know what the author meant, but the intended meaning has finite value anyways. Meaning is fluid; it is shaped by individual perception. It matters little what the author had in mind when penning this quote. What matters is what I take from it.
And, what does “impossible” really mean? I don’t think that impossibility exists. As the popular Situationist slogan of the 1960’s declares, “Be realistic. Demand the impossible.” When you change your thinking and believe that anything is possible, miraculous things can occur. You may not always get what you want or what you are seeking, but what you receive will be monumental nonetheless. It may seem dreamy and idealistic, but practicality can be a real killjoy. I’d rather be a dreamer in action than a complacent person stuck in the cogs of the machine like Charlie Chaplin’s iconic scene in Modern Times.
Now that I’ve established my thoughts on the impossible, what about happiness? What is it and where can we get some?
“We all harbor what it takes to sculpt our reality. If only we can consciously step out of our own way! We are the only thing holding ourselves back from shining bright.” -epicself.com