Getting free is to basically get from constantly being ‘outside’ to returning and being ‘inside’ of ourselves. Being busy for being busy is a common culprit to rob our stagecoach of happiness. If we choose to rarely be ‘inside’ it must be because we do not care much for who/what is inside us. Outside can appear to be safe and impersonal… and masked as useful. Both the culprit and the mask could be robbers.
Søren Kierkegaard (1813-1855) Danish theologian and philosopher wrote how our constant escapism from our own lives is our greatest source of unhappiness:
“Of all ridiculous things the most ridiculous seems to me, to be busy — to be a man who is brisk about his food and his work. And, “the unhappy person is one who has his ideal, the content of his life, the fullness of his consciousness, the essence of his being, in some manner outside of himself. The unhappy man is always absent from himself, never present to himself. But one can be absent, obviously, either in the past or in the future. This adequately circumscribes the entire territory of the unhappy consciousness. The unhappy one is absent… It is only the person who is present to himself that is happy.”
“So you have sorrow now, but I will see you again; then you will rejoice, and no one can rob you of that joy.” Jesus