One day there was a young man sitting and blank gaze leading to a lake. He had travelled to many places to find a happiness, but anything or anyone couldn’t make him happy for long time. In silence, suddenly he heard a nasal voice from behind.
"What are you doing here, young man?" an old man who lived around the lake asked to that boy. A young man turned and said, “I am tired Sir, I have walked to many places searching for a happiness, but I can not find it. I don’t know where else the places that I should go to look for” he sighed and the gloom shadowed his face.
“There is a garden over there, begone and try to catch a butterfly. Then I will answer your question”, said an old man. Even though vacillate fulfilled a young man’s heart and mind, he went toward a garden. Arriving there, he was amazed when seeing a beautiful garden filled with trees and flowers that blooming and decorated with butterflies fluttering.
From a distance, an old man saw that boy slinked concerning his target. HAP!But unfortunately it was unsuccessful .He tried to chase butterflies from other directions. HAP!failed again. He still kept running, hoofed a grass, flowers and bushes. But none of the butterflies were successfully captured by him.
An old man approached and stopped that boy. “Are these your ways to pursue the happiness?Engaged running around to gain your target but bumping everything aimlessly and justified many ways to obtain your goal as well as being ignore of any damage that you made.”
He continued and said firmly, “Son, look for the happiness like catching butterflies. You don't need to capture the butterflies physically, let them comply the universe according to its function that make this world beautiful with their colours. The thing that you need is to understand the beauties of their colour and their motion in your mind and ensure to keep them in your heart.”
Still continued his words, “Similarly with the happiness, it is not a thing that can be grasped and stored in a place.It doesn't go to anywhere but be in everywhere. So, maintain it as well as possible, show it anytime with gratitude and without you realize the happiness will come more often into you. Do you get it?”
A young man felt astonished with those explanation and suddenly his face shone bright, he said “ Thank you Sir, It was a very valuable lesson to me, I will go home and bring happiness in my heart….”.
An old man raised his hand. Shortly, a butterfly perched on his fingertip and flapped their wings, they emitted the beauty of God’s creation. The colors of their wings were so attractive, as beautiful as the happiness for those who are able to conceive of it.
The essence of this story is :
Every human being desires happiness. However they oftentimes are so busy looking for it, without feeling the sense of happiness itself. The happiness doesn’t go anywhere but be in everywhere. Happiness can appear in every place, every feeling and certainly every heart that is always grateful.