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Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Lower Your Sights

"Dream big!"

"If you can conceive it, you can receive it!"

"You can have it all!"

And then, when life just oozes along (as it usually does), we feel cheated.

I'm not saying we shouldn't strive for the best.

But I am wondering, "What's wrong with 'pretty good'? Or even 'so-so'?"

An old bumper sticker said it best: "When all else fails, lower your standards."

The Buddha taught that the way to happiness (or "enlightenment") was to stop desiring, to accept whatever happens with equanimity.

A tall order. But anyone can want less.

So reduce your desires. Downsize. Scale back. Lower your sights.

You'll be happier.

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