Tiny Buddha, I heart you!

blue-buddha-jose-miguel-barrionuevoLately I’ve been on this quest to better myself, and for good. I realize I’m never going to be fully happy, but I am also never going to be sad forever. All things come and go…ebb and flow and all that goodness and ying/yang of life. So I have found a site that I have subscribed to and I want to share it with you all. It’s called Tiny Buddha. I suggest you look at it. Very inspiring blog posts and a fairly new and growing community on the forums. Anyway I wanted to share part of a forum post by Rajiv Sahay:

“Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.”

We all need second chances.  This isn’t a perfect world.  We’re not perfect people.  I’m probably on my 1000th second chance right now and I’m not ashamed to admit it.  Because even though I’ve failed a lot, it means I’ve tried a lot too.

We rarely get things right the first time.  Almost every major accomplishment in a person’s life starts with the decision to try again and again – to get up after every failed attempt and give it another shot.

The only difference between an opportunity and an obstacle is attitude.  Getting a second chance in life is about giving yourself the opportunity to grow beyond your past failures.  It’s about positively adjusting your attitude toward future possibilities.

Here’s how:

1. Let go of the past.

What’s done is done.  When life throws us nasty curveballs it typically doesn’t make any sense to us, and our natural emotional reaction might be to get extremely upset and scream obscenities at the top of our lungs.  But how does this help our dilemma?  Obviously, it doesn’t.

The smartest, and oftentimes hardest, thing we can do in these kinds of situations is to be more tempered in our reactions.  To want to scream obscenities, but to wiser and more disciplined than that.  To remember that emotional rage only makes matters worse.  And to remember that tragedies are rarely as bad as they seem, and even when they are, they give us an opportunity to grow stronger.

Every difficult moment in our lives is accompanied by an opportunity for personal growth and creativity.  But in order to attain this growth and creativity, we must first learn to let go of the past.  We must recognize that difficulties pass like everything else in life.  And once they pass, all we’re left with are our unique experiences and the lessons required two make a better attempt next time.


*Painting used with this post is by artist Jose Miguel Barrionuevo 

4 thoughts on “Tiny Buddha, I heart you!

  1. ‘Let go of the past’ is definitely the first step. You have to absolve yourself of the dumb things you’ve done, and you have to forgive other people for what they’ve done to you — you don’t have to forget transgressions, just put them where they belong, in the rear view, and try to focus on avoiding falling into the same pits in the future. Anger at anyone, either yourself or others, is never a good fuel to keep in the tank — it burns hot but it also corrodes from inside out.

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