Hanoi, 2016 #cindyproject
Hanoi, 2016 #cindyproject

Don’t desire anything besides what you have, better yet— don’t prefer anything from what you already have.

What you have is perfect.

You’ve already bought all these different things to satisfy your desires. You spent a lot of time researching the things you’ve bought. When you first bought (whatever you own) you loved it.

Yet over time, it has become old and outdated. You no longer have a passion for it. It has collected dust, or out of fashion. So we think that by buying something new or by ‘upgrading’ — it will somehow give us lasting pleasure.

In reality, all fades. All the things we buy will eventually fade into dust. Or rust.

That goes for everything. Our cameras, our computers, our devices, our loved ones, and our lives.

The secret to living a wholesome and happy life is to prefer what you already have, and not desire anything else.

The more we find blessings in what we have, the more happy and content we will be. And the more restrictions we have in our everyday lives, the more innovative we will be. Because creativity breeds on constraints, not unlimited options, and unlimited things.

So as an assignment, each day, try to figure out 1 thing to remove from your life. It can be a pair of shoes or an old sweater you don’t wear anymore. It can be an old electronic or camera. You can throw it away, donate it, sell it, or give it away. Just don’t let the thing burden you.

And for the few things you do already own, learn how to cherish them, and find pleasure in them.

And lastly, don’t prefer the life of anybody else. Regardless of what you might think, others are probably more miserable than you, no matter how rich, powerful, or influential they are.

Seek to tend to your own garden, find inner-peace, tranquility, and happiness, and prefer your beautiful life.

Always,
Eric