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Monday, April 19, 2010

Remember, It's Not Whether You Win or Lose...

The last lines from an old poem:

For when the One Great Scorer comes to mark against your name,
He writes - not that you won or lost - but how you played the Game.

This came to mind recently when I read this in the Dhammapada, one of the greatest collections of Wisdom (and therefore, Happiness) maxims ever:

Victory breeds hatred, for the conquered is unhappy. He who has given up both victory and defeat, he, the contented, is happy.

This is inherent in the idea that all of life is lila, a sort of game (and, coincidentally, my wife's name).

So learn how to play your best without thought of the outcome.

You'll be happier.

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