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Actually, this is very serious in our lives, it's not just about small stuff like getting into that pottery class or having to visit with a difficult person (who might just be a relative). I've seen people be very stubborn about life and death their way, hang on to life, complaining that it isn't fair for them to die at this age, they don't want to die, they refuse to die. This is how some people respond to a very bad prognosis, such as metastasized cancer: I'm not going to let this beat me. It is sad to be in a group with someone like that and see them try so hard not to accept the inevitable.
We are working on the big issue around here right now, having lost so many people to death the last couple of months. We will be offering a course at our church in January based on the book Being With Dying. A lot of this will be about accepting our own mortality. But I was going somewhere else with this that is probably connected somehow....to a documentary we watched last night on Netflix that has me thinking. It was called Happy.
One of the things I like about watching movies at home is that I can fool around baking cookies at the same time and making notes on my iPad. I knew that happiness is not found through external goals, such as more- than-enough money, status, things, winning. But what surprised me is that it depends on the kind of goals you have. The big three are -
to help othersThis is so cool - the scientist who talked about this, Richard Davidson, turns out to be a long-time meditator, and friend of our beloved friend, The Dalai Lama, who himself appeared in this documentary, too, explaining how compassion is intrinsic in human nature. That gives rise to the interesting possibility that you don't have to work on compassion - just vow not to get in your own way.
to grow personally, spiritually
to maintain close, connected relationships