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Learn to say yes, and mean it.
How long has it been since you’ve said yes to someone in your life?
Yes, I’d like to do that.
Yes, that sounds good to me.
Yes, I’ll take a chance.
How long has it been since you’ve said yes to yourself?
There are times when it’s best to say whatever and times when it’s best to say enough. Be aware of the differences in these times, and be ready to say both.
Are you being abused or merely annoyed?
Is your anger based on a legitimate hurt, or has someone just not lived up to your expectations?
Be aware that there’s a difference.
Then learn to apply the strategies, as needed, for that particular situation.
Are there any rules for knowing?
You can clear the land, plow the field, spread the fertilizer, and plant the corn. But you cannot make it rain.
You cannot prevent an early frost.
You cannot determine exactly what will happen in your life.
The rain may or may not fall, but one thing is certain: you will get a harvest only if you planted something in the field.
It’s important to do everything in our power to ensure our success, but we also need to let the universe take its course.
Some of us get attached to outcomes.
We think a project or a relationship has to go a certain way.
Sometimes we get so attached to the outcome of a thing, we don’t pay attention to how that thing feels.
We may be so focused on marrying that person we’re dating; we forget to pay attention to whether we like him or her.
We may be so interested in that book of photographs getting published and achieving fame that we can’t recollect if we have any passion for what we’re taking pictures of.
I’ll let go tomorrow; I’m having too much fun torturing myself today. No, that’s not really it.
I’ll let go tomorrow; the things I’m holding on to need me to hold them today.
Yes, that’s closer to what it is.
I’m not enjoying myself at all today, but I have to keep holding on to my desires, my guilt, my limitations, and my worries.
I am defined by them. And you want me to let go of them today?
There’s an old story about compassion, detachment, and Mohammed, the prophet of Islam.
Mohammed had a neighbor who had a garbage problem.
This neighbor was a cranky old man who let his garbage pile up and spill out all around his yard.
The mess was unsightly, but Mohammed practiced tolerance and compassion.
He didn’t say anything to the annoying neighbor, for years.
Resentments are sneaky, tricky little things.
They can convince us they’re justified.
They can dry up our hearts.
They can sabotage our happiness.
They can sabotage love.
Most of us have been at the receiving end of an injustice at some time in our lives.
Most of us know someone who’s complained of an injustice we’ve done to him or her.
Life can be a breeding ground for resentments, if we let it.
According to my experience, the principal characteristic of genuine happiness is peace, inner peace. - His Holiness the Dalai Lama
Cultivate a sense of peace, an abiding inner peace that doesn’t depend on outward circumstance.
So much chaos, so much drama, so many emotions surge through us.
It is so easy, so tempting to believe that once we get through this circumstance, once we achieve this goal, once we solve this problem, then we will be peaceful.
That’s an illusion.