"Real happiness is found in the struggles we undergo to realise our goals, in our efforts to move forward." Daisaku Ikeda
Is there ever a limit you can put on Gratitude? Personally I don’t think so. I feel that the deeper you dig for the things you are grateful for the more expansive and enriching your life becomes.
Even if you cannot find gratitude in big things, I feel gratitude for things like… Life itself. For the clothing and items that make living just that bit easier. For the universe knows that not all people have the access to adequate living or resources by any means. Sometimes I really think about what I can do to help share the access to these things. MY mission as a Buddhist is to open the path of world peace. And of happiness for all. Through peace, culture and education. Through earnest heartfelt dialogue. Through taking action as an individual in order to alleviate the sufferings of others. To help them transform even the most dire situations, into something of value.
There are many people around me at the moment, that I feel are helping me do this exact thing! Finding value in the separation that I am going through right now. Encouraging me to stand strong, and tall against the winds of change.
I am learning so much about myself, and doing my best to fight off feelings of anger or resentment. I am looking forward to a future that I have written. So I better keep writing words and thoughts of hope. I am seeking to lay a foundation rich in knowledge, education, happiness, triumph, success in the fields I choose to specialise in.
I am returning to study. I am grateful that my country offers such great education. So wish me luck in my applications over the next week. I have decided to apply for a few courses, and once I get entrance then I will choose which one Is right for me. Fingers crossed for the highest goal!
I am aiming for lofty mountains.
Then the next step is finding a place to live. I am grateful that I have so much choice in this. That although I don’t enjoy/appreciate the Government in our country they are still liable to help me financially If I get stuck. I won’t get stuck.
Right now I am grateful for my life itself. I am grateful that despite all of the suffering I can still say with absolute confidence that no matter what happens from here on in, I value my life 100% and would never think Ill of being human ever again. I have spent many years in this cycle. Chaos/Crisis strikes… how do I get out? How do I escape the pains that plague my heart? My answer now is: You keep moving. Keep moving forward and never look back. Keep moving in the direction of your dreams and desires and never let the sufferings distract you from what you want most!
I am starting to dream. I am going to be literal and do some dreaming exercises. Record my biggest and most impossible desires for life and see how far I can go. Because at the end of the day it is only our minds that limit us from achieving what we sometimes feel is impossible.
“The chrysanthemum, which continues to bloom after other plants have withered, is known as a sacred plant. When the world is at peace, worthies are hard to distinguish. It is when the age is in turmoil that both sages and fools come into view” (cf. WND-1, 845)
Keep dreaming. Keep moving forward. Even if your eyes are full with waterfalls, remember your heart is full of love and passion. A passion for life you are so LUCKY to have.
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