'Wait, what?' 'Are you serious Rob?'
The Paradox of Hedonism states that the more we pursue pleasure in our lives, for our own benefit, the more we inadvertently push it away. However, when we pursue other goals, we can achieve pleasure and happiness, albeit in a more indirect way.
I have found this to be true in my life. And not only in terms of seeking pleasure. I have found that when I try too hard to search for ANYTHING, it eludes me. And it is when I kick back and stop trying so hard that the REAL magic starts happening.
When we try too hard to do something, it oftentimes doesn't work out. Perhaps because we are trying to force something. Perhaps because we're not being authentic. Perhaps because our neediness is evident and repels. Perhaps because we are violating natural laws/principles.
What are your thoughts on this? Have you had any similar experiences? I'd love to know -- please share them below!