“Buddhism with wooden shoes…if you really have to”, the Dalai Lama answered. The interview was about 40 years ago in the Netherlands. It still contains value.

The setting? After the flower-power hype more and more Dutch people where getting into Eastern religious ideas and practices. The Dalai Lama was rather curious whether this was not too easy, whether their own religion was really not suitable for their needs and lives.

The question? If Western people could not find peace in their own religion, what would be his advice.

The value? What you have might be better than you thought, saw and felt before. Perhaps look at it with a different perspective, renovate your shoes, your house, your work attitude. New Year’s resolutions are big hairy audacious goals (BHAGs)… we too often fail within only a couple of weeks. Whether in our personal life or in business: a new tool, a new diet, a new task will not make us happy.

Try adjusting and improving what has brought you so far, there is more to you than meets the blinking eye.

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