The Danish writer Isak Dinesen* once suggested that there are three occasions for happiness in human life:
- when there is an excess of energy,
- during the cessation of pain; and
- when we posses the absolute certainty that we are doing the will of God.
The first of these belongs mostly to youth, and the second is, by definition, brief. The third, is open to anyone at any and all times. To posses the absolute certainty that one is doing the will of God requires coming into relationship with the slender threads.
*famous for Out of Africa & Babette’s Feast (one of my favorite films)