On the radio this morning, someone cued the weather man by asking: “Is there anything to look forward to –or is it just going to be cloudy?” It struck me that such an attitude, innocent and off-the-cuff as it may have been, is an example of how we create dissatisfaction in our lives. I wish things were this way or that … and if they’re not, I’ll be unhappy.
The Buddha’s Four Noble Truths say that suffering (i.e. unhappiness, unsatisfactoriness) is part of our human existence and that it arises when we cling to expectations and preferences. To break this hold, the above weather query could be restated as: “What is the forecast for today?” Put another way: I’m looking for information. However the weather unfolds, I’ll take it as it comes. Besides: nothing stays the same.