I went for a walk with my son.
We were discussing the nature of happiness and the tendency for people to dwell on the past.
“Look at the trees,” I said to my son, “how old do you think they are?”
“Very old,” my son replied.
“Think about what they’ve seen,” I said.
He was quiet for a moment, looking. Then he said, “They’ve probably seen hurricanes and tornados. Maybe even wars.”
“Yes,” I replied, “and listen to them. What do they say? Do they sit there and say ‘Oh, woe is me, what storms I’ve seen, what hurricanes! I’ve been through so much, poor me, poor me!’”
“No,” my son responded without hesitation, “they don’t. They don’t say anything at all.”
“We should be more like the trees.”
We continued our walk in silence.
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