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Insights on life: Cherish Today

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by Donkey Kong, Jan 20, 2012.

  1. Donkey Kong

    Donkey Kong Regular Member

    Jan 10, 2012
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    Everything in this world is just like the water in the river: It changes every second. However, many people nowadays don't know how to hold on to "today." They do not cherish the opportunities right in front of them but worry about the future. Actually, time is not the same as money: you cannot save it for rainy days. No matter what, all people can have are today and this moment.

    In the ancient times, there was a little monk who took care of the yard at the temple. Every morning he had to get up early to sweep a yard full of leaves and that was the only thing that required his effort. That was not an easy job, particularly between autumn and winter with a huge amount of leaves flying all over the yard. It took him quite a bit of time to clear the leaves every day. Consequently, he wanted to find a way to make his life easier.

    Later another monk in the temple who considered himself bright told the little monk, "Why don't you shake the tree really hard before you sweep tomorrow and all the leaves will fall down, then you only need to sweep once". The little monk was very excited and thought what a permanent solution that was! The following day, the little monk got up early and shook every tree hard. He thought that he could sweep all the leaves in one day and that would be it. He was very happy that day. However, the next morning, he found out that there were just as many leaves in the yard as before. He was depressed that he had to work hard again. Then the abbot came over and saw him being unhappy. After hearing the story, the abbot said, "Foolish child, no matter how hard you shake the trees today, the leaves that supposed to fall tomorrow will still fall tomorrow."

    Everything has been prearranged by Heaven and no one can hurry things up. Truly managing today well is the correct attitude toward life. There is no need to wait for tomorrow, because tomorrow consists of a lot of uncertainty. No one knows for sure what will happen in the environment around him, how it will change. It will be hard to predict or even to understand. When you are wholeheartedly waiting for tomorrow, you are wasting today. Giving up today is giving up your best opportunity.

    Only today is real and valid. In the journey of life, tomorrow seems pale and dim compared to today. Today, you can heal your wound, wipe off your tears, and fulfill your dreams from yesterday. Holding on to today, you have mastered the secret of time. Sow the seeds of sincerity and kindness in the soil of today and you shall reap the fruit of happiness tomorrow. Cherish today, so you won't waste it and you won't let opportunities slide by. Cherishing today is cherishing your life. Only by cherishing today, can you have a life without remorse!
  2. britcpa

    britcpa Power Member

    Mar 25, 2010
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    When asked what surprises him about humanity, the Dalai Lama replied...

    “Man…sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.”

    1- Happiness is not something ready-made. It comes from your own actions.

    2- If you can, help others; if you cannot do that, at least do not harm them.

    3- If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.

    4- My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.

    5- Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.

    6- The ultimate authority must always rest with the individual’s own reason and critical analysis.

    7- We can live without religion and meditation, but we cannot survive without human affection.

    8- We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves.

    9- Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.

    10- If you have fear of some pain or suffering, you should examine whether there is anything you can do about it. If you can, there is no need to worry about it; if you cannot do anything, then there is also no need to worry.

    11- If you don’t love yourself, you cannot love others. You will not be able to love others. If you have no compassion for yourself then you are not able of developing compassion for others.

    12- Human potential is the same for all. Your feeling, “I am of no value”, is wrong. Absolutely wrong. You are deceiving yourself. We all have the power of thought – so what are you lacking? If you have willpower, then you can change anything. It is usually said that you are your own master.

    13- We must recognize that the suffering of one person or one nation is the suffering of humanity. That the happiness of one person or nation is the happiness of humanity.

    14- Through violence, you may ‘solve’ one problem, but you sow the seeds for another.

    15- As people alive today, we must consider future generations: a clean environment is a human right like any other. It is therefore part of our responsibility toward others to ensure that the world we pass on is as healthy, if not healthier, than we found it.

    16- To conquer oneself is a greater victory than to conquer thousands in a battle.

    17- There is a saying in Tibetan, “Tragedy should be utilized as a source of strength.”
    No matter what sort of difficulties, how painful experience is, if we lose our hope, that’s our real disaster.

    18- The creatures that inhabit this earth-be they human beings or animals-are here to contribute, each in its own particular way, to the beauty and prosperity of the world.

    19- A spoon cannot taste of the food it carries. Likewise, a foolish man cannot understand the wise man´s wisdom even if he associates with a sage.

    20- In our struggle for freedom, truth is the only weapon we possess.