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.

But serendipitously I came across a nice piece on Leo Babauta’s blog, Zen Habits called ‘you’re already perfect’.  The link to it is here.

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.


7 thoughts on “2011!

  1. Hi Paul,

    What an inspiring post. I feel like something is changing in me, just a little, but then, maybe it isn’t that something is changing as much as it is that I am becoming more myself.

    I’m not sure where I got this saying but I remember it –“You can only start where you are.” I may have made it up myself and don’t remember. I think it means accepting where we are in life.

    I don’t expect much change because the date has changed, so it is only in the way I respond to life that I can do something about.

    I wish I accepted myself as easily as I do my dog for the way she is. They sure know how to live the good life don’t they?

    Peace and happiness to you,


    1. DK, thank you for your lovely words. Have a read of the Post coming out tomorrow and, if you like, add a comment. I won’t say any more until you have read the Post in the morning – then a reply to your thoughts would make more sense than it would now! We have so much we can learn from dogs of which the most vital is unconditional love for others.


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