Daily Touch of Inspirations
May 14th: Our well-being lies in our actions...
Ryan Holiday, The 366 Meditations on Wisdom, Perseverance, and the Art of Living
If your happiness is dependent on accomplishing certain goals, what happens if fate intervenes? What if you're snubbed? If outside events interrupt? What if you do achieve everything but find that nobody is impressed? That's the problem with letting your happiness be determined by things you can't control. It's an insane risk.
If an actor focuses on the public reception to a project- whether critics like it or whether it's a hit, they will be constantly disappointed and hurt. But if they love their performance- and put everything they have into making it the best that they're capable of- they will always find satisfaction in their job. Like them, we should take pleasure from our actions- in taking the right actions- rather than the results that come from them.
Our ambition should not be to win, then, but to play with our full effort. Our intention is not to be thanked or recognized, but to help and to do what we think is right. Our focus is not on what happens to us but on how we respond. In this, we will always find contentment and resilience.