Saturday, May 16, 2015

Main Ingredient

I spotted this picture at my colleague's desk and immediately fell in love with it. 

That little wide-eyed dog is my new mascot. He embodies the very quality I value most: equanimity. 

So I decided to tweak it a bit and make a handy reminder for my friends who struggle with stress:

Equanimity is a state of composure and balance that is unaffected by outward circumstances. It allows you to keep an even keel even (especially) when shit hits the fan and it's an extremely helpful quality to cultivate in oneself.

Imagine if you could stay perfectly calm in the face of complete pandemonium. 

Imagine if you could smile in the face of insults.

Imagine if you could be completely relaxed in the most stressful situations.

Imagine if you could sit at your dinner table sipping coffee with a smile saying "This is Fine" while your house burns down around you.

Okay, maybe that last one is a little extreme. 

Equanimity is especially important if you're trying to stop giving unnecessary fucks in life. In fact, it's the main ingredient in the HNTGAF recipe. 

If you can't remain calm and level-headed in the face of adversity, chaos, disrespect, incompetence, and all the other bullshit you have to deal with on a daily basis you wave your right to give zero fucks.

Getting discouraged, overwhelmed, insulted, and cynical are all fantastic examples of giving unnecessary fucks. They're signs that you're attaching importance to things that should be indifferent to you. You can't control what life throws at you! 

Next time life throws you a curveball and you feel as if you're about to invest a few fucks, just remember the little wide-eyed dog and repeat his mantra: "This is fine!" 
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