BEST of PONDER on THIS for Wednesday, December 7th, 2016 by Alan Cohen in THE DRAGON DOESN’T LIVE HERE ANYMORE

“Contentment is an experience we can cultivate through practice. Abraham Lincoln said that “most people are about as happy as they make up their mind to be.” Like gratefulness and positivity, contentment is not usually handed to us as a gift, although it is always ours for the asking. We need only to align our thoughts with appreciation, for contentment is not so much a state of affairs as it is a state of mind.

If money could make us happy, millionaires would rest complete after their first million. If sex could fulfill us, those who enter relationships or marriages based upon sex would roam no further. If power were the source of peace, heads of state would be the happiest people in the world. But we all know that persons with such money, sex, or power are not the happiest; in fact they are often among the most unhappy. Why? Because anyone in a state of seeking can never be happy. Only those who are constantly finding are fulfilled. And finding is not something that happens to us – it is something we do.”

Alan Cohen, in “The Dragon Doesn’t Live Here Anymore”

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