Thursday, December 6, 2007

True Secret of Happiness

The true secret of happiness lies in taking a genuine interest in all the details of daily life.
-- William Morris

William Morris had political beliefs I don't agree with, but I certainly understand his interests in art. Morris is another example of an artist going in many different directions, i.e. designer and manufacturer of furniture, stained glass, tapestries, wallpaper and chintzes; accomplished weaver; preservationist; poet and novelist. After studying him in architectural history classes years ago, I came to like and admire the man. William Morris (1834-1896) died 101 years ago at the age of 62. Cause of death was said to be that he was "simply being William Morris, and having done more work than most ten men."

I do believe the true secret of happiness is in noticing all the details of daily life. This seems the same as living in the day, not worrying about tomorrow or fretting over what happened yesterday. Easier said than done, the "true secret of happiness" as described by William Morris is something definitely worth pursuiing. It's all about centering oneself and finding balance in each day.