We came across a short story, narrated in a lecture by Wayne Dyer, which has had a significant impact on our mental, and subsequently our emotional state, which continues to affect our daily lives. With the lessons we learned from this story, it seems only fitting that we share this wonderful “tail” with all of you, in hopes that you will continue to experience heightened levels of joy, satisfaction, wonder and love, in your life.
This story begins in an alleyway, where a little kitten can be seen vigorously chasing its tail.
The kitten is using all of its efforts to catch its tail with its mouth, again and again, running in circles, believing it is getting closer to snatching up its tail. Watching from a distance is an older, rough looking, alley cat, who is wondering what the little kitten is doing. The older alley cat approaches the little kitten and asks, “What are you up to little kitten?” The kitten then replies, “I am chasing my tail!” Why is it that you are chasing your tail and why are you so determined to get a hold of it? The little kitten replied to the alley cat with a very simple answer and good reason. “I just came back from cat philosophy school and I was taught that the most important thing for us cats is happiness. I have learnt that the source of this happiness is in our tails, so once I get a firm grasp on it, I can always have the thing that is most important to me, happiness!” The old alley cat was taken back by the kittens answer and simply smiled. The old alley cat added to the little kittens insight by saying, “well little kitten, I am much older than you and I have not had the same opportunity as you to attend cat philosophy school. I have been living in these alleys and streets for many years, it has been rough. I have to constantly search for food and shelter, while facing tough competition. My time in these alleys has taught me much though. I have also learnt that the most important thing to us cats is happiness and the source of this happiness is indeed in our tails, but there is something I have learnt that you, little kitten, have not yet witnessed. “What is that?” the little kitten replied, “I have learnt that if I live my life the way I want to live it each day and go on about my business, happiness follows me wherever I go…”
This story continues to serve us to this day, if we choose to use it. Many of us constantly chase our own source of happiness, whether it be; a certain grade point average, a “perfect partner”, a rewarding occupation, our dream home or a new piece of technology. When we are in a constant state of attainment, we are never in a state of happiness. We feel happiness is something in the future, at a distance just out of reach. Many of us believe “we are making a short term sacrifice” because once the source of our happiness is attained we will then be happy. Often enough, once this object of attainment is captured, happiness itself is still illusive, and then we often justify this by deciding to pursue something more.
Setting personal goals, being determined to achieve greatness and excel in any undertaking in our lives is always a great thing. Being in a constant striving state as opposed to an arriving state, most often produces feelings of disappointment, shattered confidence and even a complete emotional breakdown. The latter is never something worthy of praise. Happiness itself is never in some tangible object or in a time different from the now. Happiness is something we can choose at anytime to experience.
If we focus our energies on how we would feel if we had that grade point average, that genuine romantic love or that dream home, we will always be one with our happiness. If we instead choose to feel happy only when our source of happiness is present, we will only be in a lower energy state until then.
Here is the trouble with this path. If we are always in a lower energy state, our drive, ambition, faith, enthusiasm, love and well-being, will never be capable of reaching that source of happiness. Happiness can only manifest itself in our lives if we so choose to live in a state of happiness! This is not found in the past or the future, happiness solely resides in the present!
When we decide to stop our constant “running” forward, we will realize that happiness has been right behind us, attached to us like a “tail” all along. Let us all stop and welcome happiness into our lives TODAY and embrace its warmth, so we can begin to see all the things we desire, flow into our daily lives.
Happiness is yours today, if you choose to live in the now, and open up the present.