Happiness Doesn't Care How You Get There
Ernie Zelinski,101 Really Important Things You Already Know, But Keep Forgetting
A simple gesture of acceptance may not seem like much, but for John Karmegan it proved decisive.
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"My wife is not so good," he told me when I asked about her.
I want to jump in, offer help, be friend, but I had already pushed myself upon this stranger. Reserve ruled the moment. I pointed to my house. "Please," I said, leaving the next overture to his discretion, "stop in and have a cup of coffee with me sometime when you are out walking."
The more hours per day you spend doing what you're good at, the less stressed you feel and the more you laugh, smile, and feel you're being treated with respect.
—Gallup, Barking Up the Wrong Tree: The Surprising Science behind why everything you know about success is (mostly) wrong
People listen and accept because they have no option. The Superclass rules the world; their arguments are subtle, their voices soft, their smiles discreet, but their decisions are final. They know. They accept or reject. They have the power. And power doesn't negotiate with anyone, only with itself. However, all is not lost. In the world of fiction and in the real world, there is always a hero.
— Paulo Coelho (resource) The Winner Stands Alone
The Two Flower Merchants
— Unknown, Paulo Coelho, Stories for Children, Parents, and Grandparents
One day, two flower merchants set up shop next to one another. They opened for business on the same day, carried the same lovely selection of aromatic flowers, and maintained similar prices for their marvelous plants. Both merchants took great care with raising their plants and both were kind and courteous to their customers. In fact, their stores appeared to be equal in every way.
You don't have to know the meaning of life to enjoy it fully
Ernie Zelinski, 101 Really Important Things You Already Know, But Keep Forgetting
In the same vein, having the absolute understanding of life - if there ever be one - would undoubtedly make life less enjoyable. Richard Bach in Illusions wrote, "Learn what the magician knows and it's not magic anymore." Not to mention that desperately contemplating the meaning of life can lead to stress, ulcers, high blood pressure, and a lack of success. At the extreme, people frantically searching for the meaning of life have been know to commit suicide.
Even if you discover the absolute meaning of life, you may realize that it doesn't really make any difference to the quality of your existence anyway. Your answer may be that ultimately life is pretty meaningless, that we are all insignificant grains of dust in the grand cosmic scheme of things, that we are all leading random lives, that our existence doesn't affect anything or anyone.