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A minute of silence can be more productive than an hour of debate.
~Terry Braverman

Arrest yourself when under the influence of a negative thought.
~Terry Braverman

Give me levity, or give me death!
~Terry Braverman

An intimate relationship is the ultimate training.
~Terry Braverman

Clarity of purpose is the ultimate decongestant.
~Terry Braverman

Faith keeps the voice of fear out of your ear.
~Terry Braverman

Peace begins between your ears.
~Terry Braverman

Peace begins between your ears.
~Terry Braverman

Be patient, before you become a patient.
~Terry Braverman

Over-analysis causes paralysis.
~Terry Braverman

May the 'farce' be with you.
~Terry Braverman

Plan some time to be spontaneous.
~Terry Braverman

Laugh at yourself, and you will always be amused.
~Terry Braverman

Imagination sharpens the dull blade of routine.
~Terry Braverman

Inquisitiveness cures boredom; nothing cures inquisitiveness.
~Terry Braverman

Feed your soul, starve your worries.
~Terry Braverman

Avoid time in the Tower of Babble.
~Terry Braverman

Release any false sense of insecurity.
~Terry Braverman

Life is a fantasy, made real by our thoughts.
~Terry Braverman

More to Happiness

In last week’s blog, I wrote about “Gross National Happiness” being the measuring stick of choice for the Himalayan country of Bhutan.

In a recent article about happiness, noted corporate trainer Brian Tracy wrote about 3 myths concerning the subject. As one who recognizes and admires Brian as a thought leader and an inspiration to many, I want to comment on his myth #1:

“The first myth about happiness is that it’s not legitimate or correct for you to put your happiness ahead of everyone else… Throughout my life, I’ve met people who’ve been very adamant about stating that happiness is something that you may or may not get from life, but it’s not a goal or objective by itself…These people say that it’s more important to make other people happy than to make yourself happy… Of course, this is nonsense…The fact is that you cannot give away to anyone else what you don’t have for yourself. The very best way to assure the happiness of others is to be happy yourself and then to share it with them… The human condition is that of natural emotional peace and happiness.”

Most of these points I agree with Brian. I quibble with his use of the word “assure” in the second from last sentence. Being happy yourself assures your own happiness, nobody else. Certainly you can buoy others with your happiness, but no guarantees. Regarding the last sentence in the paragraph, I have to respectfully challenge it. The human condition encompasses a wide smorgasbord of experience that is not only composed of peace and happiness, but feelings of sadness, outrage, insecurity and ambiguity that ultimately can enrich us as human beings. If perceived and embraced appropriately, the range of experience can promote growth and expansion, inspire new discoveries and insights. It also can fill us with compassion for ourselves and others. Case in point: as someone who is a musician part-time, I cannot honestly say I’m totally happy with my performance at any time. Often I think, “Not bad…pretty good…OK…” This compels me to practice, to explore, to hone and improve. I’ve not reached a place of being completely enamored with the way I play, and just as well. I used to beat myself up over not playing better; now it’s an opportunity for both self-compassion and motivation. And, to acknowledge the level of achievement at this stage.

Life is multifaceted. I believe it is normal, even healthy, to feel the broad range of human experience. At the same time, it is paramount to effectively and promptly release so-called negativity to maintain a state of overall health and well-being.

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