Every single one of us have our own struggles to deal with. We worry, we procrastinate, we don’t feel good enough, we wish we had more money…the list could go on and on.
But when you think about it, every single of these problems is self-created. They’re real, but they are only real because we’ve created them in our minds. We’ve attached ourselves to the way things should be, rather than accepting what is. The Buddha was right when he said desiring and attachment are the primary cause of unhappiness.
It’s all in our heads, but it doesn’t have to be this way. The key is to see life as it is, without all the ideals and fantasies you’ve created in your mind. Let go of all those stressful distractions and just accept and experience the moment.
Considering this, now would be an oppurtune time to remind of yourself of some hard truths about life that will benefit you in the long run.
1) We haven’t got that much control in life
There are many factors outside yourself that you cannot control. There’s only one thing you can control, and that is how you respond. That’s where your power is.
2) Our expectations are what causes are suffering
Expectations usually lead to disappointment because nothing ever turns out the way you think it should. Try to let go of expectations and simply enjoy life for what it is.
3) Everything, even you, is imperfect
If you wait until you’re ‘perfect’, you’ll never live the life you want to live. Imperfection is impossible and doesn’t exist.
4) Worrying is a complete waste of time
No matter how much worrying you do, it will never change what’s going to happen. Focusing on doing more and worrying less.
5) The best lessons often come from hardships
Unfortunately, sometimes you have to hit rock bottom to truly learn a valuable lesson. The good news is, it will be worth it in the long run.
6) We often confuse being busy with being productive
It can be so easy to get bogged down in tasks that we forget what’s actually important. Focus on actions that are lead to positive change in the grand scheme of things.
7) Most of us don’t need more to be happy, we need less
So many of us think that if we get more material objects that we will be happy in life. But this simply isn’t the case. The joy of obtaining material possessions doesn’t last long and before you know it, you’ll be desiring other material objects.
8) As a society, we’re way too focused on outer beauty
Ask yourself this, if the whole world went blind, how many people would see your inner beauty? Focus within. Be beautiful on the inside too.
9) Most arguments we have are pointless
When has a heated argument ever lead to something beneficial? It’s much better to have a discussion where you focus on learning from each other.
10) It’s easier to hold onto the way things are than to learn and grow
Letting go and moving forward means coming to the realization that some things are a part of your history, but not a part of your destiny.
This article was originally published on Hack Spirit.