A very Happy New Year to everyone!
I started writing this new Post on the 30th December with my mind full of predictions of a terribly difficult year ahead for millions of people. Indeed, there is no question that there are endless accounts of what calamities may be ahead of us in this New Year. But, as is said, it is what it is! The challenge, as always, is how we deal with it. As my fellow author, Jon, has often said, “The world reflects back what we think about most!”
In other words how we relate to the exterior world is really, and fundamentally, a reflection of how we relate to ourselves. Jon has penned a few words on this theme for tomorrow.
Here are some extracts:
A lot of people come to Zen Habits (and read other personal development blogs and books) because they want to improve something about themselves. They’re not satisfied with their lives, they’re unhappy with their bodies, they want to be better people.
I know, because I was one of those people.
This desire to improve myself and my life was one of the things that led to Zen Habits. I’ve been there, and I can say that it leads to a lot of striving, and a lot of dissatisfaction with who you are and what your life is.
A powerful realization that has helped me is simply this: You’re already good enough, you already have more than enough, and you’re already perfect.
and later Leo writes:
The thing I’ve learned, and it’s not some new truth but an old one that took me much too long to learn, is that if you learn to be content with who you are and where you are in life, it changes everything.
Consider what changes:
- You no longer feel dissatisfied with yourself or your life.
- You no longer spend so much time and energy wanting to change and trying to change.
- You no longer compare yourself to other people, and wish you were better.
- You can be happy, all the time, no matter what happens in the world around you.
- Instead of trying to improve yourself, you can spend your time helping others.
- You stop spending so much money on things that will supposedly improve your life.
Read the full article here, and ponder.
And have a very, very happy (and perfect) New Year.