Chasing Nirvana


What’s all the striving for? The stress, the pursuit and the relentless push to get to some place that is without stress or problems is illusory at best.

Will we ever be without problems? Will everything be set just right?

Play too much, and you have to work more. Work too much and you have to play more.

As Thomas Sowell said, “There are no solutions. There are only trade-offs.” Pursue one thing, and there’s a cost somewhere else.

And whether you say it or not, you may be chasing nirvana, that state of bliss where there are no problems or worries. Everything is just right – money, work, relationships, health – you name it. Some destination out there that will be a relief.

I’m not sure this place exists. I am involved in lots of relationships, deals and problem solving. I don’t know anyone without problems.

You have a lot working against you in this life:

  • You desire more when you get something.
  • We are extremely bored creatures.
  • People are changing the game around us continually, many times unseen to us.
  • Things break.

Nirvana is a myth. It would require a stasis that is immune to the push and pull of reality’s continual changing tides.

But you can remain steady, and instead of trying to change the world around you, you can increase yourself. Every day, you can increase your abilities. You can handle more. You can work harder or find ways to work more efficiently. You can get ahead of problems instead of let them beat you up. You can avoid drags on your time, emotions and wallet.

I’m an optimist at heart. I see possibilities and what the future can be. I don’t wish my problems away. I minimize them and seek to change myself to think bigger, handle more and be ready for whatever comes.

What can you remove to be ready for your coming problems?

Published by Don Dalrymple

I partner with founders and entrepreneurs in startup businesses. I write and consult on strategy, systems, team building and growing revenue.

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