Sunday, February 13, 2011

The Oak Tree in the Garden


Fearlessly unfolding
Destination unknown
The oak tree in the garden

Sometimes when I set out to write a new blog post, I lose my nerve, thinking of all the wonderful, brilliant, heartfelt posts being written every minute. I started blogging because I wanted to make a difference, and felt sure there was more I could do on the internet than click the Hunger Site every day.

I want to make a dent in all the suffering out there, but my problem is believing the fallacy that I need to make a dent that is significant to me.

But how is it possible to know the effects of even the smallest action? In a very real sense, I have no idea what I'm doing or what the universe is doing.

The first of the Bodhisattva Vows is a daunting proposition:  "All beings without number I vow to liberate". To keep our vow, we can only speak and do the things that seem right at the moment - hopefully things that are kind, helpful and sincere - and leave the consequences to themselves.


6 comments:

  1. I like this David. You took yourself right out. I think that's quite brilliant and yet quite simple.

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  2. Love this. Spoken for many of us who are gently putting one foot in front of the other right now.

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  3. Thanks Susan! Together and separately, I guess we are all going where no one has gone before.

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  4. The photo you posted was well chosen... I see that we are all in that mist - Not sure we're making a difference. Perhaps I'm naive but I believe everything we do matters... Never stop singing or writing David - You count more than you realize.

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  5. Thanks so much, Bea, I don't plan on stopping. And I agree with you - I think everything we do counts!

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