Pursuit creates distance between you and the thing you “pursue”

I think it’s the pursuit that screws up happiness
(James Hillman)

“Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

1. the action of following or pursuing someone or something.

synonyms: striving toward, quest after/for, search for;  aim, goal, objective, dream “the pursuit of profit”

More: occupation, trade, vocation, business, work, job, employment “a worthwhile pursuit”

Why make abstruse either the pursuit or happiness? Are you not in pursuit of something when you blog? Is blogging ‘a number of hits game’, like a high school popularity contest?

Happiness is not abstruse. The pursuit is.

Blogging and happiness…- let´s see:

Even if it appears so, I don´t “blog”. I just feel an intense and urgent need to express certain things which have nothing to do with pastime, recreation, business or trade.

It´s been actually many times more a matter of necessity, than a “pursuit”. The pursuit, if that can be called as such, was to keep alive – no more, no less. Is necessity happiness…or happiness a necessity?…I don´t know exactly.

Maybe the latter – it is necessary to be happy :)

Along with it, It is necessary to express ourselves.

Happiness is expression, and wanting to express yourself is no
pursuit – but a spontaneous act.

About julienmatei
I feel an inner urge to express what I see, to communicate and share with others all these impressions. Often the things I see are there, not yet manifest, but waiting... to be observed, talked about, and embraced. These new insights need another approach, a more vivid curiosity... Due to fear and prejudice we prefer to see only "the official" truth - but THE OFFICIAL TRUTH IS DEAD - being dead, it has nothing to give... We can continue pretending Death is fascinating or... we can take the trouble to LIVE... THE NEW has no definition yet... Again, IT requires another "perception", the courage to apprehend everything differently, from a totally new angle, with new confidence and inquisitive touch. This blog is not about interesting concepts, it is about participation... finding new solutions, inspiration, togetherness.

3 Responses to Pursuit creates distance between you and the thing you “pursue”

  1. Thomas Ross says:


    Your writing here reminds me of something I posed last year called “Pointless Pursuit.” The opening passage was: “What I pursue always eludes me. What I treasure simply comes to me.”

    This is such an important thing. To pursue an objective is to set up a duality that dooms the very effort. We feel a sense of failure when we don’t get our hands on what we seek. And we feel unsatisfied when we do.


    • julienmatei says:

      I love the way you build your words – simply, but clearly pervasive, as if you were a musician.
      You perhaps secretly are…

      I will make a post of that:
      “What I pursue always eludes me. What I treasure simply comes to me.”

      Duality dooming the very effort – love…

      Letting go of both success and failure, dropping “what we seek” – the hardest yet ineffably delightful surrender.

      Speaking of music:

      I have been thinking that you might like to hear this composition of mine. I don´t write music with this “touch” now, but this short piece has a simple flavor you might enjoy.

      Here it is:


      PS – Hope you are fine and will not withdraw for so long again 🙂

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