Let’s live pleasantly
I decided to live my life pleasantly at the age of 22.
The fact that I had met Master Shigemasa Wada was the biggest reason that inspired me to make the decision.
Having met him, I paused to realize how my way of life had been far from pleasant.
Since then, I have lived my life, occasionally telling myself to live pleasantly.
I’m well aware that I have no words to reply with if someone asks, “You’re pleasant? How?”
At the same time, it’s true that I think I’m living much more pleasantly than before I made the decision.
Anyway, to be more precise, my expression “let’s live pleasantly” would be “let’s live pleasantly no matter what the circumstances may be or no matter what may happen.”
This is because life does not always go the way you want.
“Life does not always go the way you want.” This is an absolute truth.
For your thoughts originally differ from facts.
In other words, the stream of thoughts differs from the stream of facts.
You can envision something and try to influence a fact accordingly, but it cannot be said that doing so necessarily makes or changes the fact as you wish.
Consequently, it’s a big loss to feel depressed or unhappy or get angry when you find that things failed to work out as you wish. It might be better to say it’s utterly foolish.
Many people assume somewhere in their minds that facts must end up as you want, which is really illusion and also delusion.
So many people also seem to be bound by the idea of “having to do things.”
Mind you examine the idea carefully. There’s essentially nothing you have to do in the world.
I cannot help but hope that people will realize as soon as possible how silly they are to be bound by the illusion, rather, the delusion that things have to be a certain way, which makes themselves as well as people around them suffer.
These may sound like very rude or arrogant comments, but I’m forced to accept that I myself was most silly.
Some people might say, “Actually, I’m not really sure if this is an illusion or a delusion.”
I recommend a method to these people.
The method is to live from this very moment with a determination to live pleasantly no matter what the circumstances may be or no matter what may happen, even though you are not sure if that is an illusion or a delusion.
That way you can really live pleasantly no matter what the circumstances may be or no matter what may happen. In addition, you’ll naturally realize that the ideas such as “facts end up as expected” and “facts will work out as expected” are illusions or delusions.
You’ll see once you try it.