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Three Things To Try From Deepak Chopra

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Deepak Chopra (Photo credit: JP Newell)

There are three things in life you might want to do to give yourself peace.  Stop attempting to control others.  People easily take offense when you do this.  Stop seeking other people’s approval; be self-motivated.  Don’t judge yourself or others.  Life is not a contest based on whether you win or lose.   The standards that you judge yourself or others  by can be very fickle. Taken from Deepak Chopra‘s material and expanded.

For example, in class when students asked for two smoke breaks during a three hour course, I initially thought to deny them that because they shouldn’t be smoking anyway.  I thought it would be better for their health.  But I did it anyway and cemented my position with the smokers who knew it was a bad habit anyway.

Seeking other people’s approval and getting it is impossible.  Like the story of an old man, a donkey, and a boy who were traveling along a road.  Everybody who came by had a different idea of how the donkey should be used, to carry cargo, to carry the frail old man, or to carry the young boy who might not be able to keep up.  The most ludicrous solution of all was for the old man to carry the donkey.  You can’t please everybody all the time.

Standards against which you judge yourself and others can change over time as you acquire new information.  Also it is a game of one-up-man-ship and frequently the person who is doing the judging is not faultless him or her self.  It is a case of don’t look at me; look at him.


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