Take Time to Connect

By Hu Gadarn at en.wikipedia [Public domain], from Wikimedia Commons

The daily Buddhist encouragement for Saturday, March 17, 2012 by Daisaku Ikeda from his book For Today & Tomorrow goes like this…”

“You mustn’t allow yourselves to grow old before your time.  Please live with a youthful spirit.  That is what Buddhism teaches us to do, and it is how life ought to be lived.  If you make a commitment to work for the sake of others, you will be rejuvenated.  If you devote your life to helping others, you’ll stay young.  The power of Nam-myoho-renge-kyo guarantees that.”

It’s St. Patrick’s Day, y’all!  This is the day some go around pinching others in the name of green (or no green).  Ouch! Pinching hurts!  I think this tradition is something only kids practice.  However, I have experienced a pinch or two by older folks in my adult life.  If pinching is your thing in the spirit of the day, so be it.  But, in addition to that why not try doing something helpful for someone else as well.  For example, today while I was at my local Buddhist Community Center, a woman I barely know purchased a book for me from the bookstore to help me with my practice.  Wow! What a simple and wonderful way to help someone else and make them feel valued.  Of course, helping someone does not mean you have to spend money.  Why not try holding the door open for one, two, or three people.  Another idea might be to help the cashier at the grocery store bag your groceries instead of watching them do it for you.  Sure, they are getting paid to do it, but you could be helping take away some stress they’re feeling in that moment.  Plus, it’s a great way to connect with others in your environment.  Find out ways to volunteer your time or simply give someone a genuine smile.  One simple helpful action towards another could be all a person needs to change their day around with a positive beat.  It really is amazing the power we have to effect change.  From doing something good for the sake of others, you benefit by rejuvenating your spirit with a spring in your step and some shine in your eyes.  It really has a way of making you feel simply good.  Try it out!

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