“This is a kind of neo-liberalism of the emotions, in which happiness is seen not as a response to our circumstances but as a result of our own individual mental effort, a reward for the deserving. The problem is not your sky-high rent or meager paycheck, your cheating spouse or unfair boss or teetering pile of dirty dishes. The problem is you. It is, of course, easier and cheaper to blame the individual for thinking the wrong thoughts than it is to tackle the thorny causes of his unhappiness.”  Ruth Wippman

“he-has-a-plan” flickr photo by x-ray delta one https://flickr.com/photos/x-ray_delta_one/3924641895 shared under a Creative Commons (BY-NC-SA) license

Take time to reflect on this quote as you take your mind ‘elsewhere’. When is it appropriate in your day to guide your mind to the moment, when is it appropriate to let it guide you elsewhere? Life choices are rarely binary, thankfully. You may even decide to take time to read the full article. We think it is well worth the time. You may smile and be challenged. What’s not to like?

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This Daily Stillness has been recycled from previously published ones:

#tds566 Let’s not live in the moment (Jan 16, 2017)

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