“Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life”- Omar Khayyam
What would it take, my inner voice whispered to me
For you to be content, be happy-
Let’s make a list and some items cross out
For instance, money it is not, without a doubt,
Is it your career, focused that you are?
No, I said, I could keep advancing but never get far
Enough to satisfy my ambition, that would not be
Conducive to finding contentment and happiness, really
Is it recognition in the society that you desire
Are fame and applause to which you aspire?
I thought hard, being renowned did sound great
But the glory of fame would be a temporary state
Lasting happiness would not be possible
On the basis of something that ephemeral
So I shook my head again, prompting that voice
To come up with alternatives, a better choice-
Is it good health and vigor that would be
The key to your happiness and prosperity?
While good health is important, life might not
Be free from illness throughout, then what?
How about having unlimited freedom, asked she
That should make one happy, certainly
That sounds attractive, but lack of restraint
Might leave me spoilt, I am no saint..
So our discourse continued, on and on
Many desirable things in life were touched upon
While everything had the power to give me
Short-lived contentment, being happy
In the long run required something less tangible
Perhaps, something that was indestructible…
She ventured to include friends and family
If they were with me, would I be happy?
Now we seemed to be getting closer, I thought
Close relationships are what I have always sought
Yet I felt a pressing need to further explore
The answer to this question, there was something more-
Exasperated, she asked me if I would be happy
If I could just live fully in the moment and not be
Bothered about the dead past or future unseen?
“Eureka” I cried, never before I had been
As overjoyed as now, finally I knew
What would make me happy, it was true
That being fully present in each life’s moment
Was the way I would find lasting contentment!