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Saturday, May 1, 2010

Grow

A common saying amongst my Indian friends is, "You can't stay in second grade forever." (OK, the grade varies, but the idea is the same.)

I mean, can you imagine a 45-year-old sitting in one of those little chairs at one of those little tables, knees up around his ears?

Ridiculous.

So why do so many of us hang onto old ways, old attitudes, old problems, and simply refuse to grow?

I recently learned that the late Pearl S. Buck, author of The Good Earth, was born and grew up just a few miles from the Buddhist monastery in Jiangsu Province where I lived for most of a year. Because of this, I took a second look at Buck and her works.

And in doing so, I found this gem: "Growth itself contains the germ of happiness."

The corollary sounds even more convincing: stagnation leads to unhappiness.

So grow already.

You'll be happier.

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