“I’d far rather be happy than right any day”
— Douglas Adams (The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy)
This is one of my favorite quotes. It even made it up on my Facebook info page. I didn’t realize how much yoga had changed my view on the world until I came across this quote recently and I realized that it meant something completely different to me than it used to.
Orginally, the quote meant (to me) something along the lines of “ignorance is bliss” or simply not wanting to know if I’m wrong because I’d rather be happy thinking I’m right. I thought this was a positive way to look at life. That I wasn’t going to worry about making sure I was right. I was just going to be happy with my truth. But really this is only half of living my truth.
“The need to be right is the sign of a vulgar mind.”- Albert Camus
In order to really be happy, I need to learn to be happy when I’m wrong. I will be able to accept being wrong. I will want to be corrected so that I can learn and live with the truth – not just my own version of it. Adams’ quote is still one of my favorites. I feel like it means even more to me now than it did before. It actually makes me want to reread the book to see how he really meant it…
I've created Imagine Balance to help document my journey to a more balanced life.
In yoga, balance is much more a state of mind rather than a physical ability. I want to imagine balance so that I can achieve it.