Thursday, June 20, 2013

How Big is the Moon?

Sunday evening will feature a full moon and it will be closer to Earth than at any time until late 2014. It will also look bigger.

Looking bigger and being bigger are two different things. We all know the moon won’t really be bigger but our eyes and minds will try to play tricks on us.

It’s easy for opportunities and challenges, wins and losses, and successes and mistakes to look better or worse than they are.

(In fact, we all experience a phenomenon called negativity bias that makes us feel that the negative experiences are two-and-a-half times as bad as the good stuff is good.)

Buddhists believe we should take a middle path; we shouldn’t take the bad stuff so hard and we shouldn’t celebrate the good stuff so much.

My take on it is this: When the bad stuff happens we should do a reality check. How bad—really—is the bad stuff? What’s it going to take the come back from it?

And, I believe we should celebrate the good stuff, but understand that simple luck might have had something to do with it. So, don’t pat yourself on the back for too long.

The key is to get back to work. If life isn’t turning out the way you hoped; if you are experiencing challenges, losses or mistakes it’s time to turn’em around. If you are experiencing opportunities, wins and successes you should ask yourself, “How can I use these as springboards to more wins.”

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