My daily Zen calendar recently said something very interesting. “You carry heaven and hell with you.” I love my little Zen calendar. It makes me think hard about things I usually don’t think about at all. That’s what’s so neat about it. This particular phrase made me laugh when I read it, because it’s so true.
The way we choose to think about anything can make us happy or unhappy. It’s not what happens, it’s how we think about it. We choose to perceive things as good and bad, fortuitous or unfortunate. We like to give things labels right away, and that’s usually what makes us so unhappy. If we could only just accept what is as what is, and not have an opinion on it, what a great achievement that would be.