Monday, December 3, 2007

Another quotation

"There is a difference between happiness and a mere absence of depression."

This is a quotation from Howard C. Cutler in The Art of Happiness at Work.

Dr. Cutler wrote 2 books in coordination with the Dalai Lama. The Dalai Lama is listed as one of the authors, since Dr. Cutler interviews him and asks him questions about the Buddhist and Tibetan perspectives, which are so different from the Western view.

In this book, the Dalai Lama was asked what he does for a living. He answered, Nothing, I do nothing. Isn't that a perfect job? His life is so entwined with his work (teaching, meditating, counseling, and diplomacy), that there is no difference between working and not working. There is no effort. He is working all the time, yet he perceives it as just being. It's so simple and elegant.What a great way to live.

It seems that Work is more than just the absence of recreation. Excuse me, I have to get back to work.

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