Once again we are reminded of the negative aspects of life as we witness the senselessness of another mass shooting. We watch and we are aghast at the reality of another 9 lives lost in a scenario that never should have happened.
Who doesn't want to learn to handle life with the grace of a saint and the creative power of a Zen Master? Who doesn't want to deal with all the ups and downs each day with an inner calm and sense of peace that can be maintained no matter what one is facing?
When you accept the circumstances of your life and when you accept that there is a reason for them, you end much of the output of mental resistance. This is what allows you to begin to finally have the power to change the circumstance.
As my own children enter the pipeline of high school and beyond, if I could teach them one solid lesson about the fray and frenzy of college and the quest for employment it would be this: Instead of thinking in terms of what you want to do, think about what you want to become.
Descartes, father of modern philosophy, pointed to both the distinguishing characteristic of human beings and to the biggest curse of human beings when he made his famous statement, "I think. Therefore, I am."
If there's anything that this downturn in the economy has taught us, it's that our happiness does not depend on the money we make. We have learned to be creative, to downsize, to "make do" and to accomplish more with fewer resources.