What Surprises You Most?

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Someone asked the Dalai Lama what surprises him most.

This was his response:

"Man, because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; He lives as if he's never going to die, and then he dies having never really lived"
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  • Profile picture of the author FrankoDharia
    Agreed. I found evolutionary psychology to be a great tool to understanding myself, my motivations and desires and thus living the present.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jonathan 2.0
    Thanks Peter. I'm going to write that one down.
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  • Profile picture of the author Robert Michael
    Wow. Thats a really powerful message. Thanks man, I'll be posting this to facebook and I hardly ever post things to facebook. lol
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  • Profile picture of the author genhorrall
    I love this quote Peter. I see it a lot in the circles I hang out it. I often wonder this myself. I have seen so many unhappy people of late and it is sad to say that many of them are going through this right now.

    Life is what we make of it. I chose everyday to make it something amazing. I choose everyday to better myself in someway and to share it with others so that they may do the same. And all I can say is for those of that get it, it is our privilege to help those that start to look for the answers. =D
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  • Profile picture of the author vince04
    Oh It's a good saying. I can really relate to the situation. I've been busy working and sometimes I didn't give myself a time to share love to my family and never really enjoy life. Though working hard really helps me to move on in my heartaches times. I'll take note this. Thanks! A good reminder!
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  • Profile picture of the author spring008
    its really gist of rat race that we don't acknowledge often..nice thoughts btw
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  • Profile picture of the author TopKat22
    Yes, this is a good quote. And I've posted it to facebook before, too. Will share it again today! Thanks for the reminder.

    We all need to worry less and live in the moment more and savor life as it is as we make it better!
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  • Profile picture of the author stopper
    What surprises me the most is life that is hard to live and get by yet nobody wants to die.
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  • Profile picture of the author ernestrategos
    A gem of practical thought.

    What can I take from your quote, as a man?

    - Stop trading health for money (what negative habits disguised as positive are hurting me?)
    - Enjoy the present, forget everything else.

    I'm smiling
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  • Profile picture of the author The Niche Man
    Originally Posted by Peter Gehr View Post

    Someone asked the Dalai Lama what surprises him most.

    This was his response:

    "Man, because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; He lives as if he's never going to die, and then he dies having never really lived"
    That's a good reminder in the Warrior Forum. In the middle of everyone concerned about getting more traffic, Google slaps, and sales conversions. It's still important to enjoy the moment, because that's really all we have!
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  • I have a Big social circle and sometimes i wonder where is this leading my LIFE. I work, i study and i deal with people and in doing all this i forget to deal with my self. All the Problems and Sorrows in my life make a direct or an indirect link with Money. Is this what all we need and all we work and talk for.
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  • Profile picture of the author StarHead
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    Very true quote !!

    And you can say that it is true also that Man works whole life to gain money then he spends all his money on his health !!
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  • Profile picture of the author apolwar
    Originally Posted by Peter Gehr View Post

    Someone asked the Dalai Lama what surprises him most.

    This was his response:

    "Man, because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; He lives as if he's never going to die, and then he dies having never really lived"
    Insightful quote.

    Balance your work and your recreation time. Like that story of the fisherman and the businessman.
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  • Profile picture of the author jushuaburnham
    A great stuff to ponder, thanks for the share!
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  • Profile picture of the author Tommy Smith
    Agree! This is a message to ponder.
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  • Profile picture of the author gorvene
    Originally Posted by Peter Gehr View Post

    Someone asked the Dalai Lama what surprises him most.

    This was his response:

    "Man, because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; He lives as if he's never going to die, and then he dies having never really lived"
    This is a powerful statement to live by. We should carry this quote around with us so that we never forget the meaning of life.
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  • Profile picture of the author lyndal
    That reminds of a story of a man who wanted to work hard to make a lot of money to move to a place like Fiji where the natives live for little money or no money. Such a person would be too old to even enjoy Fiji in the end.
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    • Profile picture of the author Jacko
      Dalai Lama rules!!!

      Wow, Peter this is so true.

      A slap on the face.

      I have written that and put on my monitor
      to read that everyday and never forget.
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  • Profile picture of the author Daymon
    So True Peter, Past is history and future is not guaranteed to anyone, we only have now to live in. I don't know why we cannot understand that. If you live each day as if you only have that day and make it a master piece, pretty soon you will have a good past and won't have to worry about future, it will take care of itself.
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  • Profile picture of the author Abby Gibbs
    I like this quite from Dalai Lama. Here's another one from Dalai Lama: "It is very important to generate a good attitude, a good heart, as much as possible. From this, happiness in both the short term and the long term for both yourself and others will come."
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