Appreciate Yourself and What You Have

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A better life has been achieved when we are no longer trying to achieve a better life. It means that we are content with ourselves and what we have. To be anxious for more or to envy someone else’s life or possessions is self-defeating. We are then in a constant state of frustration, always hoping and waiting for more happiness.

So what is important? Enough, not more.

“Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.”

by Epicurus

There is so much to appreciate in your life, like friends, family and everything. We just have to look around and take it in. Perhaps it is time to make a list of all the good things we have to grateful for.

Are there people in your life that you would miss dearly if they were not here? When you go for a walk don’t you see, hear, and smell, things and appreciate and feel nice about? Like the flowers, trees, birds and the clouds in the sky.

“Whether in favor or in humiliation, be not dismayed. Let your eyes leisurely look at the flowers blooming and falling in your courtyard. Whether you leave or retain your position, take no care. Let your mind wander with the clouds folding and unfolding beyond the horizon.”

Hung Tzu-Ch’eng (1593-1665)

It just makes good sense to be satisfied and at peace with yourself and others, and to enjoy life now.