Good morning all, and welcome to your
“It is under the greatest adversity that there exists the greatest potential for doing good, both for oneself and others.”
Welcome back after a long weekend… well, lots of work around here keeping up with the HGG updates. So many boxes to sort! We also had our own very brief bit of holiday shopping, but that’s only the start of it, now that all the Christmas lists are in.
Today’s quote comes from the Dalai Lama, a man that I respect and admire for his faith and patience and ability to be positive even through the worst times. He went into a self-imposed exile, some think as a means of protesting China’s occupation of Tibet, and has turned it into a worldwide pilgrimage to teach others the ways of peace that his people believe.
This quote is a deeply meaningful one for me. I have gone through great challenges over the past two years – moving to a new city, finding a job, losing that job and finding another, and now searching for a job again, while going through therapy to overcome the problems of my past and my upbringing. It’s not easy going through such major changes for me, and a lot of the time, I’m on the edge of losing my temper. I just remind myself, truthfully, that I love everyone here and I need to show them my strength of heart, my kindness, and my compassion, not the strength of my hands or my anger. The latter method got me in a lot of trouble, and no one deserves to be on the receiving end of it.
Of course everyone else can learn from this quote too; when times are tough, be strong. Sure, things will need work, but that’s the point of it all! Finish the work, help those around you who need it, and make things better for everyone in the process.
For now, just remember: Compassion.