Tiny Wisdom: On What Matters

“What matters is the value we’ve created in our lives, the people we’ve made happy and how much we’ve grown as people.” ~Daisaku Ikeda

We spend so much of our lives looking for meaning—a sense that it all makes sense or will in the end—that we sometimes drive ourselves crazy trying to make the moment good enough. To do the right work, have the right relationships, make the right decisions, make the right impact so hopefully our lives will matter. We’ll matter.

All that struggling, striving, and racing toward something better can make the moment feel like something to escape instead of something to celebrate.

This moment is all we’re guaranteed. Don’t fill it worrying about being better or doing more in the world. Even if you spend today creating a tomorrow you visualize, go through it knowing you create a lot of value and happiness, just as you are. You might be amazed by how much you can accomplish when you’re satisfied with the present, exactly as it is.

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About Lori Deschene

Lori Deschene is the founder of Tiny Buddha and Recreate Your Life Story, an online course that helps you let go of the past and live a life you love. Her latest bookTiny Buddha's Gratitude Journal, which includes 15 coloring pages, is now available for purchase. For daily wisdom, follow Tiny Buddha on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram..

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  • Jessica

    Wow, great words for me today. I am a yoga teacher and have been teaching the very first Yoga Sutra to my students all week – [YS 1.1] Now is the time for yoga.
    I have been sharing that now is the moment for union, for presence, for connection. Now is the time!
    I found myself on the mat today in a challenging yoga class, and I really felt like that teaching for me started to take form. It went from my mind into the body, into the form of my practice. I was able to see my thoughts and consciously change them – OR – find that my mind had taken off without my soul even noticing. That is why it is a practice, right? 🙂

    Jessica Durivage

  • Rachelle

    I love this line of thinking. I've always hated the stuff about “everyone has a purpose in life” or that people are meant to do certain things. I think a lot of young people grow up needlessly tormented and confused while they search in vain for their “purpose in life.” Just to live and be happy is definitely enough. 🙂

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