"I do not wish to expiate, but to live. My life is for itself and not for a spectacle. I
much prefer that it should be of a lower strain, so it be genuine and equal, then that it should be glittering and unsteady. I wish it to be sound and sweet, and not to need diet and
"If you don't bring Paris with you, you won't find it there." -John M. Shanahan, creator of the nationally acclaimed reading program Hooked on Phonics.
This makes me think of attitude and it's affect on one's emotions. You truly are as happy as you choose to be in any situation. Being happy, content or otherwise optimistic is a full time job just like anything else. And, since happiness is really an intrinsic process being manifested on the outside, it is up to you and only you.
Ask yourself everyday, "How am I going to bring my Paris along today?" Your mind will immediately go to work on how to make that happen.
In Japan we have the phrase, "Shoshin," which means "beginner's mind." Our "original mind" includes everything within itself. It is always rich and sufficient within itself. This does not mean a closed mind, but actually an empty mind and a ready mind. If your mind is empty, it is always ready for anything. It is open to everything. In the beginner's mind, there are many possibilites ; in the expert's mind, there are few. --Shunryu Suzuki,
You ought to be glad for the troubles on your job because they provide about half your income. If it were not for the things that go wrong, the difficult people with whom you deal, and the problems of your working day, someone could be found to handle your job for half of what you are being paid. So start looking for more troubles. Learn to handle them cheerfully and with good judgment, as opportunities rather than irritations, and you will find yourself getting ahead at a surprising rate. For there are plenty of big jobs waiting for people who are not afraid of troubles. -Robert Updegraff