The idea isn’t to change yourself but to accept yourself. Acceptance changes everything.
It is either the funniest or the saddest thing I’ve ever heard: “I’ll try to do better.” This is failure announcing itself. They make television comedies out of trying. It’s ego’s swagger stick.
Well, no. Character comes from the Greek word for stamped or engraved. It’s a man’s distinctive mark, that which specifically does not change. Today, character is used interchangeably with personality, referring to that hogs wallop of preferences and inclinations. These don’t change either. These, too, are fixed. They can be dropped, died to, abandoned, but not fixed. A man cannot know this without having had his bell rung.
The self that can be renovated, worked on, improved—that’s not the Self.
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.