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 23, 2013

Sundays With Buddha


Week 9

"Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared"

 You don't have a meter on you that reads "HAPPINESS METER: LOW" each time you share joy. You don't deplete yourself of joy every time you spread it. In fact, when you share happiness with a kind word, a smile, or even just holding the door open for someone else or letting someone pull out ahead of you in traffic you spread joy. It makes you feel good. It makes them feel good. It's actually a bit of a stress reliever, doing a kindness. And, it will probably catch the person you are showing kindness to off guard, possibly even making their day. It will probably make them feel so good that they will want to keep it going for the next person they run into. And then you will most likely feel like doing more for someone else after that, too. And then you're smiling at people that you pass at work or at the store...

If you are a chronic grump, like I used to be, this sounds impossible, I know. Sometimes there are things going on in your life that are so overwhelming that you may not even be able to muster one smile, let alone grin like a fool at everyone you meet. But you owe it to yourself to at least try it, for your own sake. Baby steps…after all, it's not the people's fault that you pass in the grocery store if you can't make your house payment. When you are treated badly by someone else it affects your mood, right? And when someone shows you a kindness that does, too. Did you see them melt before your eyes like the Wicked Witch of the West? I doubt it. And you won't, either, no matter how much you think you might.

Do a little experiment, if just for yourself. Start small if you think you might be overwhelmed. This may sound so funny to those of you who have no trouble with being an extrovert who can share themselves openly with loving-kindness. But for some people, getting there is a struggle. It took me years to learn how to break down my walls and let people in. Sometimes it even takes a major life event. But it doesn't have to. You can start breaking down walls by just opening one door.

Just because it's the door to the gas station doesn't make it any less significant.
Good luck on your journey...

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