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Dan Blanchard award-winning author, speaker and educator

“Wah! Wah! Wah! You should have stayed home and baked some cookies, some chocolate cookies, with your mommy. Wah! Wah! Wah!” Baking cookies with your mommy and this wah, wah, wah, thing is what my drill sergeant used to sing to us when anyone of us new recruits was whining about something. This jingle may sound funny to you, and it does to me too now after all these years. But, as an eighteen-year-old new army recruit, I hated it!

Now that I’m older, and wiser, this little annoying chant from my former army drill sergeant has had more positive power and influence over my life than I would have liked to admit back when I was still a teen. My former Fort Benning drill sergeant really understood that the root of all unhappiness comes from wanting more and not being happy with what you have.

Buddha eventually understood this too. He walked away from all of his wealth, and one day while sitting under a tree wondering what to do, it hit him like Newton’s apple! What if he could be happy with what he has, and not worry about what he doesn’t have? Buddha had just been enlightened! He called this moment of bliss nirvana.

In essence, nirvana is wanting what you have and not wanting what you don’t have. It’s a state of total contentment and happiness. In this state of mind you are now enlightened!

So my people go find your enlightenment and be happy with what you have, not jealous of what others have. Do this and you’ll be smiling a whole lot more!!!

Now, finally please share how you’re going to use the secret of success of The Root Of All Unhappiness.

 

Thanks for your time,

Daniel Blanchard

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