My sister Jane went to a music festival and did not like it. It was hot. There were porta potties. People were smoking. She says, “The people there were not into the music. They asked the audience to sing along and they didn’t except me and my friend. And then people turned around and gave us dirty looks.”
I said, “Well Thich Nhat Hanh would say to focus on things that you do like. For example, the beautiful weather.”
“It was too hot.”
“The beautiful sky then. The music. Your friends.”
“I wish I were somewhere where people are different.”
“But then you would miss what is real and all the good things in front of you. What you are thinking is only a fantasy.”
When I feel down about things in my life I try to remember what Thich Nhat Hanh said: “You have more than enough conditions right now to be happy.” We do not have to wait until we die to go to heaven we can have heaven right here on earth. We just have to notice the good things that we do have that are all around us.