Remaining Constant

Right-ThinkingOne of the most difficult things to do, personally speaking, is to remain in a constant life-state when confronted by the highs and lows of life.

A simple example of this is shown by the events and associated feelings I experienced whilst watching my team this afternoon.

  • After 20 minutes we (my team) were awarded a penalty, and scored … heaven !!!
  • Just after half time, the opposition scored an equaliser … anger, animality !!!
  • Five minutes later they scored a second goal … hell !!!
  • Five minutes before the final whistle we scored an equaliser … tranquillity !!!
  • One minute before the final whistle we score a third … heaven !!!
  • One minute into injury time they score an equaliser … hell !!!

The final whistle went, the score was 3-3 and we shared the points, so not the result we wanted, but not a total disaster.

But that is not the point. Ok, the example is one of the less important trials in life, but the underlying principle remains. One of the aims of Nichiren Practice is to smooth out the emotional highs and lows in life. through right thinking.

One Buddhism quotation is that “The Wise Man is neither elated by success nor deflated by failure”. That is not to say that you cannot be happy when you succeed, or sad when you fail, it’s about the intensity of those feelings and trying to stay nearer the mid-point.

I find it tough at times, but I’m getting better.

If you would like to read about some of the Principles of Happiness you can do so here.

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