This article continues some of the themes raised in the previous two articles as well as the articles listed below. In short, the theme is really about how short life is and is certainly too short to sweat the small stuff.
- A bit of life advice from Hol
- Regrets of the Dying, 5 Common Regrets
- I wish I Hadn’t Worked So Hard
- Regrets of the Dying, The Fifth Common Regret
In Tibetan Buddhism the phrase ‘Precious Human Rebirth’ to describe all of the factors that have come together. Being born human alone is not enough. To have the time and mental resources to practice Buddhism is necessary. To have been born in a time after the Buddha has taught and in a place where the Buddha’s teachings are accessible.
Put briefly, there is simply not the time available to squander on the trivial pursuits that fill much of our lives.
- Don’t sweat the small stuff, the person walking slowly in front of you.
- Stop buying things that you do not need.
In short, it is a matter of choosing to be happy in each moment in each day without being distracted by the baubles of the modern world. A bauble is shiny and looks lovely on a Christmas tree. Many aspects of the modern world, like electronic gadgets, cars, and so many pretty shoes. But like a bauble, they are hollow and offer no real happiness. At the end of the day …
- We probably have more than enough much time in front of a computer and smartphone without buying more electronic gadgets.
- A car just gets you from point A to point B no matter what it looks like, and all cars drive at the same slow pace in rush-hour traffic. Those empty city roads are confined to the realm of advertisements and driving at 2am.
- We only have one pair of feet that is suitable for one pair of shoes.
We hope that you are able to choose happiness, free from the distractions of always wanting more. Afterall, life is simply too short to waste on such trivial pursuits.
Wishing you every physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual happiness.