There is an expression “To walk in beauty”, that I heard for the first time some years ago, but more recently has given me a deeper meaning.
Perhaps the most curious person in history was the universal genius Leonardo da Vinci, who embodied the Renaissance ideal. da Vinci was not only one of the best artists of his time but probably also the greatest inventor ever. He was also a scientist, anatomist, mathematician, sculptor, botanist, musician, author and much more.
A few days ago, I wrote on the blog about 12 strategies to increase happiness. By chance (or not), this theme came back today during a “pilgrimage walk” organised by the Färentuna church. We were six people, of different ages, who for three hours walked in Eldgarnsö Nature Reserve and talked about what happiness really is and what makes us happy.
Doubting your ability is often the greatest obstacle to achieving your goals. If you have already ruled out your chances, you will never realize your dreams. When you really want to accomplish something, you should instead decide in your mind that you are already there.
If you want to invent something, the first step is to consider yourself as inventor. If you want to compose music, consider yourself a composer. If you want to write a book see yourself as an author. If you want to create art, take the role of an artist.
We all carry within us a great potential for positive energy that can be expressed in friendship, love, compassion, appreciation of nature.
The most unhappy people often have difficulty accessing this positive energy. They believe that happiness should be given to them from outside and when they don’t receive it, they feel bitter and unfairly treated. And the more bitter they are, the more they encapsulate their own positive energy potential. It is important to reverse these viscious circles.
We sometimes tend to see ourselves as passive bystanders to the world around us. Events pass by in front of our eyes, without us being able to influence them and when life is against us, the reasons for our suffering lie outside us. What’s going wrong in our life is someone else’s (or circumstances) mistakes. We ourselves are victims.
But there is a completely different way of looking at the world around us. It’s not outside us, it’s inside us.
In the ancient Greek epic of Homer, Odysseus would after the war in Troy sail home to his wife and his birthplace, Ithaka. During this trip, Odyssey, which took over 10 years, Odysseus experienced a series of exciting adventures before he finally returned home. As for Odysseus, the creative process can be a long and sometimes difficult, but often exciting, journey towards a glorious goal.