Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Buddhist Story that touches me every time I read it

There was a blind girl who hated herself because she was blind. She
hated everyone, except her loving boyfriend. He was always
there for her. She told her boyfriend, 'If I could only see
the world, I will marry you.'

One day, someone donated a pair of eyes to her. When the bandages
came off, she was able to see everything, including her
boyfriend. He asked her,'Now that you can see the world, will you marry me?'

The girl looked at her boyfriend and saw that he was blind. The
sight of his closed eyelids shocked her. She hadn't expected
that. The thought of looking at them the rest of her life
led her to refuse to marry him.

Her boyfriend left in tears and days later wrote a note to her
saying: 'Take good care of your eyes, my dear, for before
they were yours, they were mine.'

Today, before you say an unkind word

- Think of someone who can't speak.

Today, before you complain about the taste of your food

- Think of someone who has nothing to eat.

Today, before you complain about your husband or wife

- Think of someone who's crying out for a companion.

Today, before you complain about the distance you drive

- Think of someone who walks the same distance with their feet.

Today, when you are tired and complain about your job

- Think of the unemployed, the disabled, and those who wish they had your job.
Be thankful for the gifts you have even when you are having difficulty recognizing them as gifts.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Famous quotes applicable to daily life (this post is a day late)

"I mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy.

Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars.

Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that.

Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that."

--Martin Luther King, Jr