Trying to be successful, trying to be beautiful, trying to be loved—these futilities have trying as their common element. Let’s be clear about what trying is: trying is failing. Nothing beautiful tries.
Life deals reversals. The question “Why?” is a sidetrack to nowhere. Let come what comes. Let go what goes.
“I got my eyes on the prize,” said the donkey to the carrot.
“I put a spell on you.” Screamin’ Jay Hawkins.
Peace emerges when we do not want things to be different than they are, when we agree with what is.
Peace moves in when self-improvement moves out.
Peace happens when we stop trying.
We cannot be happy in the future. Happiness is a now state. Everything else is business as usual—anticipation, imagination, desire, wanting.
Therefore, want what you have; don’t want what you don’t have.