In Buddhism, the path to enlightenment requires that you let go of your wants and desires, and your attachments to people and things. It is a very logical idea. If you don’t crave for something, then you wouldn’t feel greed, envy or jealousy, and you wouldn’t feel depressed or angry if you do not get it. In practice though, it’s a difficult goal to reach. Feelings and yearnings are hard to tune out. And also, life is a lot more dull without earthly pleasures and the highs and happiness that they bring.
However, when things don’t work out the way you want them to I find that having empathy and perspective helps a lot to temper the depression and disappointment. If you can imagine yourself living the life of those who are less fortunate and putting things in perspective then maintaining a positive attitude becomes easier. If you have enough to eat, and you can stay warm when it’s cold outside or get cool when it gets a bit hot, then you are already living a better life than a lot of people on the planet.
If you can access the Internet and you are reading this on a computer or a smartphone, then you know what? Your life is pretty damn good so quit yer whining! Seriously, have a Coke and a smile. 🙂