No blogging since last weekend: a sure sign that it’s been a truly long week. In the last eight days, I’ve worked nearly 100 hours for a new client — a nonprofit that serves some of Washington, D.C.,’s toughest neighborhoods and the kids who live there. The extra hours aren’t nearly so bad when the work is worthwhile.
So to end this week, I pass along some inspiring words, courtesy of Lama Surya Das and his “Weekly Words of Wisdom” e-mail.
It’s hard to picture living the type of life described below in a place like Washington, or America, or just about anywhere in the world except a mountainside cave or hilltop monastery. But I draw hope and inspiration from my own friends who are able to think about others first, and from my teachers and the members of my extended sangha who have shown me the way.
Be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind.
Talk health, happiness, and prosperity to every person you meet.
Make all your friends feel there is something special in them.
Look at the sunny side of everything.
Think only of the best, work only for the best, and expect only the best.
Be as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own.
Forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future.
Give everyone a smile.
Spend so much time improving yourself that you have no time left tocriticize others.
Be too big for worry and too noble for anger.
~ Christian D. Larsen