"Never let the future disturb you. You will meet it, if you have to, with the same weapons of reason which today arm you against the present." - Marcus Aureliushttp://beinghuman.blogs.fi/2009/11/24/marcus-aurelius-and-epicurus-on-foundations-of-good-life-7453244/
A good starting point for those who may not have heard of these two fine gents. For those of you who may find the 'world-denying' aspects of the ancient Eastern religions unattractive perhaps a look at similar ideas from a Western mind will prove interesting.