Everyone wants to be "happy." No one knows what that means. It means engaging consciously/mindfully in the process of maturation, seeing what's what, rising to the occasion and doing what needs to be done about it, day-in-and-day-out, for no reason other than because it needs to be done. And doing that with the proper frame of mind, the one that is appropriate to the occasion, with no emotional reactivity/enmeshment/attachment beyond what is needed to respond appropriately to the situation. Happy is being reasonably content with being who we are, where we are, how we are, and at peace with how things are-- to the extent that we can be at peace with the excesses and deficiencies at work throughout the world-- on a day-by-day basis. Saying, "Here we are. This is it. Now what? What needs to be done about it, in response to it, here/now?" Squares us up with our current circumstances, and puts us on track to deal with the day in the way the day needs to be dealt with, which means having the frame of mind necessary to meet the day as the day needs to be met, with no grousing, moaning, complaining, whining, etc.-- no attitude, no expectation, no opinion, no resentment, etc.-- just seeing, just doing, what is called for and letting that be that. This is the way wolves, whales and giant sequoias, etc., meet their day. Every day. It is the way.
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Here is how right-on this message is for today. Terminix just cancelled an appointment for today that I have been preparing for for several days by emptying out the house. Their excuse is a bureaucratic reorganization that just came up. I am 76 and have emphysema. Physical effort is costly. I have to leave my household goods outside covered in plastic in the rain while Terminix gets organized like the Church of Rome! The cat must be boarded, too. I am grateful for a nephew’s help toting, but it is hard work. Accepting the situation without resentment and with gratitude is tough, but thanks to you, I think I can retain some dignity.
Pardon my whine!
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The wolves, whales, giant sequoias, etc., know exactly of which you speak! We are all one in that way!