Alain de Botton: A kinder, gentler philosophy of success (TED)
… it’s bad enough not getting what you want. But it’s even worse to have an idea of what it is you want and find out, at the end of the journey, that it isn’t in fact what you wanted all along.
PART I The Monk One fine December day, about two weeks ago, my mom and I went to a temple near our house to give ‘Sang-kha-tarn’ (as we say in Thailand) to the monks. The day marked a one year anniversary of my late grandmother’s passing, and giving ‘Sang-kha-tarn’ (essentially a package of household goods –…