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It’s Your Choice … Are You Part of the Solution?

They say you’re either part of the problem or you’re part of the solution. 

Not always true, of course, but it does offer us a lens through which to evaluate our thinking and behavior around any number of issues.  Are we helping or hurting?

Do we choose to complain or even make things worse … or do we open our hearts and think and act constructively … with compassion?

I ran across a prayer recently,  It’s from a Buddhist monk who lived some 1,300 years ago.  It’s a declaration of commitment to service in the face of suffering and confusion.

They say the Dalai Lama recites the prayer every morning. He starts his day by committing to light a candle and be a part of the solution.

I found it quite beautiful and inspirational.

“May I be a guard for those who need protection

A guide for those on the path

A boat, a raft, a bridge for those who wish to cross the flood

May I be a lamp in the darkness

A resting place for the weary

A healing medicine for all who are sick

A vase of plenty, a tree of miracles

And for the boundless multitudes of living beings

May I bring sustenance and awakening

Enduring like the earth and sky

Until all beings are freed from sorrow

And all are awakened.”

In a world that consistently tempts us to anger, frustration, reflexive reaction, and self-centeredness, we have to consciously choose the servant’s path and offer ourselves as part of the solution … every day … if we want to light a candle.

Am I up to it?  I don’t know.  But it’s the person I’d like to be.

How about you?



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