Writing Prompt For
Day XXI of NaNoWriMo:
“There is only one real happiness in life, and that is the happiness of creating.” - Frederick Delius.
What do you suppose Frederick meant by that quote? That one quote has so many interpretations. And it tries to answer one of the big ones out there - What is happiness?
Of course Frederic Delius was a composer, and he created music. Maybe he was then referring to the music, or more accurately - the music of creation. I know I am happy while I am creating something, or the other. Happy when I am assembling, or writing my thoughts, or witnessing my ideas come to live. But, I am happy when I’m not creating too. That’s something I learned from Seneca.
“True happiness is to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence upon the future, not to amuse ourselves with either hopes or fears but to rest satisfied with what we have, which is sufficient, for he that is so wants nothing. The greatest blessings of mankind are within us and within our reach. A wise man is content with his lot, whatever it may be, without wishing for what he has not.” - Seneca
I think being content with your lot, opens up avenues for your creativity to thrive then. That leads to what Frederick Delius’s quote states.
What do you think on the subject Happiness? Are you happy, or neutral, or maybe even sad? What defines those feelings for you? If you do happen to write on this topic, share a link below in a comment; I’d love to feature it in a post here on this blog.