“A man once told Buddha, ‘I want happiness.’ The Buddha replied, ‘First remove the “I”, that is ego. Then remove the “want”, that is desire. And now all you are left with is Happiness.’”
This reminds me that happiness is always a choice. The only things standing between me and happiness is my ego and tendency to want to control my surroundings. Rather than deciding that the only way I can be happy is if I get my way, I can instead decide that I would rather be happy than right. While pain is inevitable, happiness, like suffering, is my choice.
A meditation for February 04, 2013.
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