Thought for the day

The reason people find it so hard to be happy is that they always see the past better than it was, the present worse than it is, and the future less resolved than it will be

Marcel Pagnol

Maybe its evolutionary, but I believe the first human who ever invented speech said something like “oh dear, it looks like its going to rain, yesterday was so nice and sunny. .. ” What is it about being human that makes bumming ourselves out such a daily imperative? My ex used to say that people who were happy were delusional. Wow. No wonder we split up.

So when you train your mind to live in the present and to see the world as it really is minus the filters we’ve grown up with (and been tought to think of as our ‘true selves’) , why then do we seem so much happier and at peace? Becuase all this doom and gloom isnt a natural human condition! In fact those who were born and raised in abject poverty seem to be immune to the poison of our modern despair. these are the folks who come to our country and work like a dog for a few bucks because to them that is paradise. They dont need a better car, a prettier spouse, a stock portfolio, they just want to make enough to get by and support their family back home (their whole family). Not a one of us would trade places with them, but are we suffering any less?

Despair and pessimism are a disease of the modern, successful world. the more you have the more you worry about losing it, getting more, and keeping the other from getting what you have. its sad, literally sadness personified. Samsara, the wheel of suffering sickness and death, and its only our ignorance which  stops us from seeing that the ride is optional!

Try for just one day to not worry about your money, about your relationship, your status or looks or anything but whatever is right in front of you that requires dealing with right now. Im no psychic, but id be willing to wager that it might be the most peaceful, happy day you have had in a while.

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  1. blackalbatross

    it took me a little while to get past the opening quote. just as i found myself arguing with it, i realised i kind of agreed with it. and then i wasn’t sure.

    i don’t know about seeing the past as better than it was (in my case) but the other two parts a pretty spot on i reckon.

    i’m going to try doing that today. then again, i try doing that a lot of days and it doesn’t always work!

    i love the positivity of your blogs.

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