2008年12月19日金曜日

"Be happy with what you have."

Today somebody said this to me and I thought it was interesting. You can't make yourself happy with anything, but that doesn't mean there isn't truth to it. I like to think of the phrase as advice on what kind of perspective to have. For example when learning Japanese, there are two different ways to look at your progress:

"I open this book and can understand half of it"
or
"I open this book and can't understand half of it"

It's a matter of perspective. If you focus entirely on your faults, how you're not good enough, then you will always be frustrated (and more than likely get burned out). If you focus on what you do understand and how much progress you've made, even if you only understand half of what you're reading, you'll have a much more enjoyable time. It will be much easier to continue learning.

This isn't just for Japanese. If you're in a situation in life that you hate and focus entirely on how much you don't like it, then you're only going to end up angry, depressed, or both. But if you focus instead on what good there is, however little that may be, overtime you will create more good from your situation.

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