The Buddha said that life is suffering. And though that may seem to overstate the problem a little, I think we can all agree that life can be hard.
But many of life’s problems are the result of the stories we tell ourselves. we believe that we deserve certain thing or a particular outcome. We convince ourselves that the person who cut us off in traffic is out to get us, or that the person who just bumped into us did so just to mess with us.
Not only are these beliefs rarely, if ever, true, they turn a situation which could have been minor into a very serious problem. Instead of forgetting about it and moving on, we feel as if we have to do something about it, or at the very least, to relive it over and over again in our heads when we could be doing something more valuable with our time.
Thought Catalog has detailed 10 such ways in which we make our lives more difficult than they need to be. It’s helpful to see them written down because it makes it clear what a waste of energy they are. All that’s left is to keep that in mind when I’m queuing up in a busy supermarket, or going through airport security, or trying to get an appointment with my doctor, or…