My initial reaction to difficulty is to over-react, but this is self betrayal. Each time that I am faced with a crisis and see it as the end of the world then I am short changing myself. I've been through many troubling times yet here I am - still standing, wiser than ever. Better to focus on the good things like walks with my wife and time with my grand-daughter.
Sometimes I want to withdraw - fuck everyone, I can do this alone - but that isn't the way of the Bodhisattva. I won't sell myself short. Even when I feel cheated and misunderstood I will try to have compassion. When I fail at that I will have compassion for myself.
However innumerable beings are, I vow to meet them with kindness and interest.
However inexhaustible the states of suffering are, I vow to touch them with patience and love.
However immeasurable the Dharmas are, I vow to explore them deeply.
However incomparable the mystery of interbeing, I vow to surrender to it freely.
~ Thich Nhat Han's translation of the Bodhisattva Vows.
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