Why is it that we are always looking for happiness, but we refuse to do any work to get it? Why do we read “self help” books, but not take the advice of the authors? Happiness is not hard to obtain, and it simply involves changing the way you think.
Just the other night I had a friend of mine (who also happens to be a Shaman) over for dinner. In the midst of cooking, a glass fell off the counter and shattered all over the floor. I cleaned it up, threw it in the trash, and continued cooking. I bought the glass at the Dollar Tree so I knew they will have more that only cost one dollar. Why get upset over something that is so easily fixable? In Buddhism we are taught that our suffering is brought about by attachment. Nothing lasts forever, and I knew the moment I bought the glass that there was a chance it would break at some point. Therefore, I didn’t get attached to the glass, but I did enjoy it while I had it. My reaction could’ve been totally different. I could’ve been angry that the glass broke, and I could’ve allowed myself to get upset over something so small. However, my friend and I continued cooking, and I have yet to replace the glass. The empty space in the cabinet where the glass once sat is somewhat a reminder that impermanence is all around us. Enjoy the things, and the people, that you have in your life now, while you still have them. Don’t wait until they’re gone to appreciate them or tell them you love them. Tell them now, today. Change the way you react to certain situations and happiness is soon to follow! 🙂