Creative Thinking: A thing called ‘happiness’

Updated 12 November 2012
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Creative Thinking: A thing called ‘happiness’

There is a day in my life that I will never forget. It was not a special day, just one like any other. Yet, that day I experienced “happiness”. It was a strange, exhilarating feeling. For no reason whatsoever, I felt totally happy. For a few hours I felt I was moving, walking, floating in the light. My actions were the same, the people I was interacting with had not changed, yet I could not help seeing myself on another plane of existence. I was here in Earth while my spirit seemed to be “dancing in the light” (as well-known American actress Shirley Mac Laine entitled one of her inspiring books). Afterwards, I have never had a similar experience, but the memory of that blessed day is still vivid in my mind.
Since then, many times have I wondered about the reality of “happiness”. It has been said that, although it is something you can “pursue”, yet you cannot really “achieve” it, no matter how strong your willpower is. You endeavor to reach your goals, you do your best to improve your relationships, you strive to turn yourself into a better human being. In so doing, you walk on the path of spiritual progress, and you feel good about yourself. You approve and appreciate your efforts, you acknowledge and are grateful for the gifts you have been granted. Therefore you are serene and, to a certain extent, you feel fulfilled.
But “happiness”? Is it the same as fulfillment? While we seem to be in a constant state of “searching”, it has been said that happiness can be defined as a state of “finding”, of realizing that what we have is enough, that we don’t need to keep on trying to acquire more and more (material) possessions. Never being satisfied is certainly a main cause of unhappiness, because it keeps one in a prison of selfishness and greed.
As serenity is a true state of grace, where the individual finds reasons for contentment and fully enjoys what he or she has, without running after unreachable chimeras, we can say that it is the most desirable state for a human being while living his earthly existence. The kind of happiness I experienced long ago was just an extra, magnificent and unexpected gift that was bestowed upon me. But I still consider it a great “lesson”. It has in fact convinced me that there must be “something” real beyond what we can see, hear and touch, another place of reality where “something” else exists that we are unaware of, but which yet can have a great influence on our spirit, which is able of transforming our way of interpreting and experiencing the world. The problem is that we don’t know how to tap into this “plane”. We don’t have a handbook at our disposal that tells us what to do in order to have access to such “portal” into another spiritual dimension.
My favorite author, Anthony de Mello, SJ, says that it may take a lifetime to open your eyes while seeing happens in an instant. Scientists say that, hypothetically, we could reach the opposite side of the Universe (millions of light-years away) in a spit second through a so called “wormhole” (also hypnotized by Einstein). So? What happened to me that day might have been a completely unconscious connection to such a “wormhole” that allowed me a glimpse into another possible existence of the spirit and, why not, also of the mind. A greatly comforting idea, I believe.
I’d like to conclude by quoting, once again, witty Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw: “Some look at things and asks: Why? I dream of things that never were and ask: Why not?”

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WWE’s Roman Reigns hails ‘unbelievable’ Saudi Arabia

Updated 26 April 2018
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WWE’s Roman Reigns hails ‘unbelievable’ Saudi Arabia

  • Greatest Royal Rumble event takes place in Jeddah on Friday
  • The event marks the start of a 10-year partnership between WWE and the General Sports Authority of Saudi Arabia

JEDDAH: If you believe the hype, including his own, WWE’s Roman Reigns has come to Saudi Arabia to win at the Greatest Royal Rumble.
But ask him about outside of the ring, and his visit to the Kingdom, the athlete says that everyone is winning, from WWE, to its athletes and the new fans they have met here.
“It’s the best feeling to be here in Saudi Arabia. Whenever you go to a new country for the first time and they see you for the first time, it really escalates that excitement, it makes it so special.
“It’s unbelievable coming to Saudi Arabia. We are always trying to break new ground, to move forward, break new ground, we are always trying to do better. I think this is a great example.”
The Greatest Royal Rumble marks the start of a 10-year partnership between WWE and the General Sports Authority of Saudi Arabia. Samoa Joe will compete in an Intercontinental Championship Ladder Match against Seth Rollins, Finn Bálor and The Miz in one of an incredible seven Championship matches at the Greatest Royal Rumble event.
WWE fans will also see John Cena vs Triple H, The Undertaker take on Rusev and Brock Lesnar compete against Roman Reigns in a Steel Cage Universal Championship match.
“We are trying to show Saudi Arabia to the world, that’s a big thing. We trying to be there for progress, to get better as human beings, to promote equality. Anything you can do on that level, it’s greater than you can do in the ring,” said Roman, at a press conference in Jeddah.
“It’s the best feeling to be here in Saudi Arabia. Whenever you go to a new country for the first time and they see you for the first time, it really escalates that excitement, it makes it so special.
“It’s so gratifying. There’s no real way to describe it, each time I get thrown down, any time I’m in pain, and I get that special energy and emotion back from the ground it makes it so worth it.
“I can’t wait to get to the stadium. When that curtain goes back and you see thousands of fans, when you hear that reaction, that emotion, that’s when you feel like superman.”
The event, which is now sold out, will air live in the Middle East on MBC Action, KSA Sports 1, Abu Dhabi Sports 1 and Abu Dhabi Sports 6, as well as stream live on Dawri Plus.
For WWE Superstar Titus O’Neil his goal is very clear, he’s here to entertain and spread a message that no matter where you are in the world, there are common things that unite us all.
“Our job is to put smiles on people’s faces and those faces are all colors, all religions, all backgrounds. We are entertainers and I feel our company, WWE, does the best job of breaking barriers and going into different situations and making the absolute best from it.
“That absolute best is making sure that every single person that comes to one of our events has a life-changing experience in Saudi Arabia and in Jeddah. This is the first time we are here, it’s the first time a Royal Rumble has had 50 men in the ring, and the first time that every single match is a championship match.
“Where-ever we are in the world we don’t separate by color or creed, we just want to entertain the masses. At the end of the day we all rooted in love and I embrace that, regardless of who you are, what religion you are we are all the same.
“Sports definitely unifies people and WWE have been doing it for years, bringing people from all different backgrounds into arenas and in front of televisions at home.
“The fact this show sold out in a very short space of time goes to show the fanbase is as strong here as it is anywhere else in the world.”