Don’t Worry, Be Happy.

Back in the day, Bobby McFerrin sang, Don’t Worry, Be Happy.  

These days, pop-culture spouts the phrase, Be Present.

More than two thousand years ago, the Chinese philosopher, Lao Tzu expressed much the same idea in these words:  “If you are depressed, you are living in the past. If you are anxious, you are living in the future. If you are at peace, you are living in the present.”

Similar philosophies, but notice the tone. The first one is all sunshine and beach days, the second seems a tad dictatorial to me, and the third is a helping hand offered over a cup of tea.

It’s a beautiful day today and I’m on vacation so I’ve got to go with McFerrin on this one 🙂

 

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4 thoughts on “Don’t Worry, Be Happy.

    1. He was !
      When I came across the quote, I didn’t know who Lao-Tzu was. I Googled his name and found a treasure trove of insight, wisdom.
      Here’s another favourite:
      “Neither need you do anything but be yourself.”

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