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Life is a Piece of Cake

A story by Timber Hawkeye of Buddhist Boot Camp.


When a friend recently asked me if there is anything I would change about my life, I instinctively said, “Absolutely not! I am more content than I’ve ever been, and happier than I ever thought would be possible.”

His response was, “Surely you would like to have more money, a bigger house or something, no?” And my answer to that was…“No.” I mean, I am already happy; who knows what more money would do to my life?!

It’s like this:


If life is a cake recipe that we are trying to perfect, then I’ve got my recipe down just right for the time being (with the ideal amount of flour, sugar, baking soda, etc.). More sugar, for example, would not necessarily make a better cake. In fact, it might ruin it!


So if you’re not happy with your life, figure out which ingredients make it bitter and take them out. Don’t believe commercials that tell you to spread more frosting on the top, because then you would simply wind up with a bitter cake that has frosting on it.

When a friend recently asked me if there is anything I would change about my life, I instinctively said, “Absolutely not! I am more content than I’ve ever been, and happier than I ever thought would be possible.”

His response was, “Surely you would like to have more money, a bigger house or something, no?” And my answer to that was…“No.” I mean, I am already happy; who knows what more money would do to my life?!

It’s like this:


If life is a cake recipe that we are trying to perfect, then I’ve got my recipe down just right


for the time being (with the ideal amount of flour, sugar, baking soda, etc.). More sugar, for example, would not necessarily make a better cake. In fact, it might ruin it!


So if you’re not happy with your life, figure out which ingredients make it bitter and take them out. Don’t believe commercials that tell you to spread more frosting on the top, because then you would simply wind up with a bitter cake that has frosting on it.


Here’s a secret: while everyone’s recipe is a little different, the main ingredients for a successful batter are love, gratitude, kindness and patience. And the single most common ingredient that makes people’s cake bitter is fear, so don’t use it!


Happy baking, everybody!




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