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Everything is material for the seed of happiness, if you look into it with inquisitiveness and curiosity.
-- Pema Chodron
 

 

Saturday, December 9, 2000

Is it really so bad?

Is it really so bad that you have a difficult task ahead of you, or is that just your opinion? When the alarm clock rings, is it really so bad that you must get out of bed and go to work? Is it really so intrinsically bad that the weather is cold and wet? Or have you simply decided that it is?

To accomplish, to succeed, to get from here to there, you must go through some difficult and challenging territory. The challenges will be substantial enough on their own. There’s no need to make them worse by adopting a negative attitude toward them. There are simply things you must do, things you must endure. Get them done. Get through them. Don’t get caught up in assigning negativity to them.

The fewer things you consider as unpleasant, the more truly pleasant and enjoyable things you’ll be able to experience. The less you fight against the obstacles, the faster you’ll get beyond them. If there’s something you’re dreading or putting off, ask yourself. Is it really so bad? Then go on, get it done, and you’ll find yourself moving steadily ahead.

— Ralph Marston

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