Monday, August 25, 2008

thought for today

The excellent and always thoughtful Shi Wuling has a great post. I hear so often that the needs of the world are so great and our individual efforts are so small the concern of it is worth it. I certainly believe it is!

It's Too Small to Matter

As Buddhists we understand that intention is very important, as is doing what is right regardless of what others think of or say to us. Nothing is too small to matter.

It's all important. We cannot fall into the habit of thinking that a small action doesn't count. That we can do what we please and only try to do the right thing when it's something major. That our small action won't really change anything so there's no point in trying to do what is right. That we're too tired or there's not enough time or it's too difficult or people will think we're a goody-goody or make fun of us.

If we're really honest with ourselves, we'll see these are just excuses.

And it's easier to give ourselves excuses than it is to make an effort when the immediate return seems so small.

So it's back to remembering that nothing is too small to matter. Even if our actions result in such a small goodness that it is unperceivable, it’s still worth doing.

Because it’s the right thing to do.


FranIAm said...

That is gorgeous. It reminds me of another blogger I know, who has such a beautiful Buddhist outlook.

I will send her a link to this.

These posts always make me stop, breathe and think.

Thank you.

Robert said...

Thanks Fran. I'm never too proud to steal other peoples stuff! :)

Liberality said...

Hi. FranIAm sent me here. What a nice blog you have here and what a nice thought for today. Namaste!

Robert said...

Welcome Liberality! And thanks for stopping by. I enjoyed going over and reading your blog. And thanks to Fran I Am too!

abuddhistperspective said...

You're all too generous with your comments! Thank you for them and Robert for your open-mindedness. (It's never stealing between friends. ;-))

Robert said...

Thank you Ven. Wuling. I always enjoy reading your thoughtful blog.