Personal Note

My most valued possession is my family. Even if you are living in a box somewhere, and you have the love and support of your family, you will always be wealthy. Love really is all you need. From love, great things will emerge. From your thoughts, you can create greatness.

This is what I need to remind myself of everyday to be the best person that I can be. Live your life with gratitude. Be thankful for all that you have everyday, even if it is your eyes to see or your ears to hear or your feet to walk or your hands to create. Understand your place in this Universe; how infinitesimally small you are, but how huge a contribution your Spirit is. Don't wear blinders to the world around you, you're not the only one here. Be kind, considerate, don't be judgemental, love others, and yourself. Know that you are perfect inside; that you are love.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Sundays With Buddha

Week 8

It is better to travel well than to arrive.


Ah…I wish I could say I believe this quote to mean for us to drop everything, pack up and ride off into the sunset on countless exciting adventures never to look back. But I know that is not what is to be taken from this wisdom. What I believe the Buddha is conveying to us here is that it is better to live a full and productive life filled with love and compassion than it is to “arrive” (make it big, make a name for yourself, acquire all the ‘stuff’ that we think will make us happy, build our status, gain popular acceptance, etc…) and that what we do along our journey is just as, if not more, important than where we are going. His urging of us to “travel well” is to invite us to explore our options to “living well”.

Just as was covered in the last post, we should not be living our lives just to have it be a ‘means to an end’—the “arrival” point in our life. Why do we live our lives this way? We’re always in a hurry to get to the next thing. Never taking the time to stop and look around to see what might be wonderful right here in front of us, right now.  

We must travel well on this journey—our life—and when we live it as if it is not that stepping stone to the end result, we won’t care about the arrival.

The journey will have been enough.
Thank you for being here today.

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