i love this bit of wisdom. have it written right there in a cheesy font on a plastic card that was gifted to me by a beloved mentor. and i need to meditate on it from time to time when i get focused on the things i LACK.
it’s human nature to believe that which is beyond our current reach is actually the panacea for what ails us. “if i just had a better job (/apartment/spouse/hairdo)…” “if i were married (/single/younger/thinner)…” “if we had another child (/a larger home/a bigger bonus/a better car)…” then i’d finally be complete. then i’d be at peace with myself and happy in the now.
anything we think will solve our problems brings with it a new set of issues. once we get what we want, we want more. that’s life … that’s the deal. the challenge is to learn how to be happy in the present moment. to appreciate it, embrace it, and not try at every second to escape and move beyond it. that doesn’t mean giving up all ambition and desire to change or improve one’s circumstances. it means enjoying the ride — and wherever you are at this particular moment in time.
it’s a lifelong challenge. the essence of self mastery.
Tomorrow is the only day in the year that appeals to a lazy man.Jimmy Lyons
I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who overcomes his enemies, for the hardest victory is victory over self.— Aristotle
“Mastering others is strength. Mastering yourself is true power.” — Tao Te Ching
A man is what he thinks all day long.— Ralph Waldo Emerson
A man who governs his passions is a master of the world. We must either command them, or be enslaved by them. It is better to be a hammer than an anvil.— St. Dominic