Buddhism Tibetan Buddhist monk Happiness forms a central theme of Buddhist teachings. Ultimate happiness is only achieved by overcoming craving in all forms. More mundane forms of happiness, such as acquiring wealth and maintaining good friendships, are also recognized as worthy goals for lay people see sukha. Buddhism also encourages the generation of loving kindness and compassionthe desire for the happiness and welfare of all beings.
Diana Athill Diana Athill. That is not an exaggeration. They were bleak moments.
The reason for it was banal. My childhood and teenage years had been very happy so I was a young woman who expected the answer "Yes". He was stationed in Egypt. After three months he stopped answering my letters.
His silence endured for month after month, reducing me to a swamp of incredulous misery, until at last a letter came, asking me to release him from our engagement because he was marrying someone else.
Doing that was what, as a woman, I was for. And this I had failed to do.
I did, of course, see that the man had behaved badly, cruelly in fact, in leaving me in limbo without any explanation for so long, until I guessed being advised that he ought to guard against me "making trouble".
And I was not that woman. Many years that might have been good ones were turned grey, but they did force me into some very useful knowledge: And the clearer this became to me, the more colour was restored to my life.
Bit by bit, enjoyable sex crept back into it.
It was the writing that really put an end to failure. In the early s nine stories "happened" to me. I say "happened" because I did not decide to write them, but suddenly felt a peculiar sort of itch, which produced them.
One of them won the Observer's short-story prize. I was told that I'd won it on my birthday, in December, and having submitted the story in March I had forgotten about it.
Two thousand stories, and mine had been judged the best! Almost at once I started the most satisfying relationship of my life, which lasted for 40 years until it was ended by the illness of the man I was living with.
When sometimes during those years I stood back and passed judgment on my life, I saw it as happy.
And that is still true, because when love-happiness faded out, writing-happiness took over. I had enjoyed writing three books during the s and early 70s, and had then, with only mild regret, ceased to write.
Perhaps as one advances into second childhood one recovers something of first childhood's appetite for treats. Which is something to remember if you happen to be experiencing it. Margaret Atwood Margaret Atwood.Short U Alphabet Activities: print outs, information, coloring pages, and books related to the letter E.
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