“Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be.” ~ Abraham Lincoln
Are these two men saying the same thing? I’ve been rereading excerpts from the Dalai Lama’s book, The Art of Happiness. On the one hand he seems to be saying the opposite of what Abe Lincoln is saying. On the other hand I get the feeling he’s agreeing with Abe.
Hmmm. I will say one thing: Give me something simple and I will figure out a way to complicate it. Here’s what I think, though. And I’m trying to keep it simple. I think they are saying essentially the same thing. Abe was running a country and fighting a war and he probably didn’t have time to over analyze this idea. And his way of speaking is straight forward and to the point. I usually understand and do well with that type of advice.
As I understand it, the Dalai Lama’s job is to analyze and give advice with steps toward achieving the happiness that we all seek. He says we must share ourselves with others in order to be happy. Both our sadness and our joy. Our sad times are lightened and our joyful times are heightened when we share them with others. Come to think of it, I think that idea is also in the Bible. I’m pretty sure I read it there fairly recently. Can’t remember where.
So…Happiness is there for the taking. It’s all in your attitude. And it depends upon your spending time with other people–family, friends, and sometimes even people you don’t know. John Donne said, “No man is an island.” In other words, don’t isolate yourself. Interact with your fellow human beings. That’s what I think!