I say, be happy and enjoy. In fact, why behave in any way whatsoever that might be an attempted to improve your future? There is no doubt that sometimes we look back on experiences we had hated, and found that they resulted in positive things down the road.
I wonder, should it even be a goal to feel happy all the time no matter what happens? And he told a great story about having his brand new car dented, and not becoming upset with the other driver. And it seems to me that the universe has provided countless examples of its lack of concern for human life.
He talks about the connection between stress and physical health, and made some excellent points there. Does anybody think that is even possible, given the human impulse to fight for life, which even suicidal people have when helpless?
He only spends one paragraph referencing the most horrible things that can happen infant death, murders, rapes, etc. Are these folks all pessimists and am I? And I thought that was a great approach to handling the situation.
If everything that happens is always for you benefit, I see no reason to do much of anything to try to make life better. A newer friend suggested it and, although we have a few things strongly in common, I learned that love of this book was not one of those things.
He goes on to say that without that attitude, his recovery would not have been as swift and other issues may have resulted. But it can be quite unkind to victims of floods, famine and violence.
This is based on a sub-premise that the universe is perfect, and watching out for you, and will never allow anything that is not in your best interest. I would be happier also if I could convince myself that there is a monkey living in the trunk of my car who will hand me a thousand dollars every time I open the trunk.
The main premise is that in order to be happy you just make yourself believe that EVERYTHING that happens to you is a great thing, and that whatever happens is the "best possible" thing that can happen to you in your life. On the other hand, if it works for you But, he also insists that while on the ground follow a very dramatic head injury with a massive rock, his very first thought while unable to breath or move was that it was the best possible thing that could have happened to him.
Sadly, though, I am unable to believe that. The implication is that at some point one could GET to the point of being able to believe that the rape and murder of the child really WAS the best possible thing that could EVER happen to you!
It may never do anything that hurts the universe. Is this even a healthy response? I think this philosophy is easier to believe if you live in a very rich country like the USA, you have your basic needs met, and you just feel slightly unfilled about not having achieved everything you quite desired in your life.
Now, it may very well be that if you are able to think like that, you may be happier. But this book takes it a few steps too far, in my view.mi-centre.com - Free ebook download as PDF File .pdf) or read book online for free.5/5(9).
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