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Some of us get attached to outcomes.
We think a project or a relationship has to go a certain way.
Sometimes we get so attached to the outcome of a thing, we don’t pay attention to how that thing feels.
We may be so focused on marrying that person we’re dating; we forget to pay attention to whether we like him or her.
We may be so interested in that book of photographs getting published and achieving fame that we can’t recollect if we have any passion for what we’re taking pictures of.
I’ll let go tomorrow; I’m having too much fun torturing myself today. No, that’s not really it.
I’ll let go tomorrow; the things I’m holding on to need me to hold them today.
Yes, that’s closer to what it is.
I’m not enjoying myself at all today, but I have to keep holding on to my desires, my guilt, my limitations, and my worries.
I am defined by them. And you want me to let go of them today?
There’s an old story about compassion, detachment, and Mohammed, the prophet of Islam.
Mohammed had a neighbor who had a garbage problem.
This neighbor was a cranky old man who let his garbage pile up and spill out all around his yard.
The mess was unsightly, but Mohammed practiced tolerance and compassion.
He didn’t say anything to the annoying neighbor, for years.
Resentments are sneaky, tricky little things.
They can convince us they’re justified.
They can dry up our hearts.
They can sabotage our happiness.
They can sabotage love.
Most of us have been at the receiving end of an injustice at some time in our lives.
Most of us know someone who’s complained of an injustice we’ve done to him or her.
Life can be a breeding ground for resentments, if we let it.
According to my experience, the principal characteristic of genuine happiness is peace, inner peace. - His Holiness the Dalai Lama
Cultivate a sense of peace, an abiding inner peace that doesn’t depend on outward circumstance.
So much chaos, so much drama, so many emotions surge through us.
It is so easy, so tempting to believe that once we get through this circumstance, once we achieve this goal, once we solve this problem, then we will be peaceful.
That’s an illusion.
Pulling together a list of the wars most in need of international attention and support in 2016 is challenging for all the wrong reasons. For 20 years after the end of the Cold War, deadly conflict was in decline. Fewer wars were killing fewer people the world over. Five years ago, however, that positive trend went into reverse, and each year since has seen more conflict, more victims, and more people displaced. 2016 is unlikely to bring an improvement from the woes of 2015: It is war - not peace - that has momentum.
That said, there are conflicts whose urgency and importance rise above. This year’s list of 10 is weighted toward wars with the worst humanitarian consequences: Syria and Iraq, South Sudan, Afghanistan, Yemen, and the Lake Chad basin. It includes those in influential and functioning states, like Turkey, as well as those that have collapsed, like Libya. It features conflicts that are already bad but are poised to get much worse without intelligent intervention, such as Burundi, as well as tensions, such as those in the South China Sea, that are simmering but have yet to boil over. The list also considers the hopeful example presented by Colombia, where considerable progress is being made toward ending a 51-year insurgency.
We cannot control everything that happens to us. But we can control our response to those things.
We cannot control the feelings of others-their fear, their power trips, their issues.
All that we can choose is how we want to respond.
Maybe you have been wronged.