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Lola doggedly undertakes her observation of the squirrels in the backyard daily. (Photo by me)

Buddhism: How To Maintain Optimism

The writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was an unflagging optimist. How was he able to maintain such optimism? Because he was always active. He did not allow his life to stagnate. He writes, “It is better to do the smallest thing in the world than to hold half an hour to be too small a thing.” Spending thirty minutes a day assiduously challenging some undertaking can completely change our lives.

(Credit Daisaku Ikeda for the philosophy)

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