In trying to think of something fitting to write about, to mark the passing of 2010 and the inception of 2011, I kept thinking about the meaning of happiness, then when I was searching WikiQuotes to read some inspired thoughts about happiness, I came across this simple and brilliant quote:
Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.
• Mahatma Gandhi
Interesting to note, that one of Gandhi’s greatest admirers was Albert Einstein, he talked and wrote about Gandhi often, even stating in an interview that he thought Gandhi was the greatest Politician of our time, and that we ought to adopt more of Gandhi’s policies. While I searching a little deeper, I came across one of the most spiritual quotes from Einstein that I’ve ever read, and once I grasped it, I knew this is what I wanted to share for my New Year message.
In 1950 Albert Einstein wrote the following profound nugget of knowledge, then nearly 20 years after his death, it was published in the New York Times, and again the same year in the New York Post. My wish for 2011 is that Einstein’s idea will manifest itself on our planet, in a faster and greater way, maybe as a peaceful cultural-revolution. I believe that we all have within us, enormous capacity to change (for the better), and it’s just a matter of awakening, to what needs to happen. Let’s make it happen!
A human being is a part of the whole, called by us “Universe”, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest — a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. Nobody is able to achieve this completely, but the striving for such achievement is in itself a part of the liberation and a foundation for inner security. ~ Albert Einstein
Letter of 1950, as quoted in The New York Times (29 March 1972) and The New York Post (28 November 1972). Source: WikiQuotes