“The End of Suffering”: you are responsible for your own happiness


You’ve been married for twenty years. Then, you’re spouse says, “I don’t love you anymore.” How do you handle that?

Laura Munson tells the story of her unconventional response to those words from her husband. Reading this story reminds me of Don Miguel Ruiz’sThe Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom, A Toltec Wisdom Book. The second agreement is “Don’t Take Anything Personally”. “Nothing others do is because of you. What others say and do is a projection of their own reality, their own dream. When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others, you won’t be the victim of needless suffering.”

Putting this principle into practice is definitely much easier said than done. Nonetheless, it’s ultra-important.

Munson’s story is a testament to what can happen when you hold yourself responsible for your own happiness and hold others responsible for thiers.


Image by: Christopher Silas Neal

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One Response to ““The End of Suffering”: you are responsible for your own happiness”

  1. Ashia on July 14th, 2011 10:12 am

    Wow, this means a lot. Some people have been saying things about me and it has really been getting to me especially since they don’t like me for all the wrong reasons. SO yeah, I let what they say get to me, but after reading this I feel as if those little words they say SHOULDN’T get to me at all especially since I am a typically happy person.
    Thanks. 🙂

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