Friday, February 1, 2013

The 75% Rule

I believe in the 75% rule. In my book, if we can get 75% of any given desire in any given situation, we are doing quite well. Somehow the 100% standard of perfection has a way of slipping in and messing up our expectations, causing nothing but suffering. Reminding ourselves that enough is really enough can free us from that kind of needless pain.

The following has been circulating on the web and, as far as I can tell, the author is unknown. To me it articulates the essence of the 75% rule. What do you think?

“I wish you enough sun to keep your attitude bright.

I wish you enough rain to appreciate the sun more.

I wish you enough happiness to keep your spirit alive.

I wish you enough pain so that the smallest joys in life appear much bigger.

I wish you enough gain to satisfy your wanting.

I wish you enough loss to appreciate all that you possess.

I wish you enough hello’s to get you through the final good-bye.”

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