A recipe for happiness

when beauty arises from your being
be happy with that
when ugliness arises from your being
be happy with that
when nothing arises from your being
be happy with that

when the world says yes
be happy with that
when the world says no
be happy with that
when the world says nothing
be happy with that

 

I sat out early one morning in the summer sunshine and this emerged. We can’t control the whole world, but we can, to a degree, choose how we respond to it. So this poem is quite zen. Still hard to do it, though! When you keep trying, and keep failing, just be happy with that…

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