The Secret of Being Miserable – TotD

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Thought of the Day

The secret of being miserable is to have the leisure to bother about whether you are happy or not.  So don’t bother to think about it!  Spit on your hands and get busy.  Your blood will start circulating; your mind will start ticking and pretty soon this whole positive upsurge of life in your body will drive worry from your mind.  Get busy.  Keep busy.  It’s the cheapest kind of medicine there is on this earth and one of the best.

-Dale Carnegie, How to Stop Worrying and Start Living

3 Responses to “The Secret of Being Miserable – TotD”

  1. France September 5, 2013 at 11:06 pm #

    Well, I get Carnegie’s point, but it seems to me that getting busy for such a reason becomes indeed a way to escape. It doesn’t really solve the root of the problem. Right?

    • jm September 6, 2013 at 12:50 pm #

      I agree. Addressing the root of the problem is critical and our problems will not go away with distraction. Though perhaps staying busy is less a form of escape and more a way to keep our mind and spirit healthy and engaged while we deal with the root of our problems. I would argue that we’re better equipped to heal by staying active as opposed to sitting idle.

  2. France September 9, 2013 at 10:37 pm #

    Well, that makes more sense to me. Even though Carnegie says specificaly “Don’t think about it”, I have tried that in the past, and guess what? It didn’t work… ;-)

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