Happy Thanksgiving to all my wonderful friends, both real and "imaginary"! I hope every one's day is filled with their favorite foods and favorite people. Even though the economy and outlook seem to be so dire right now, I have no doubt that we all can get through this. There is always hope in this world and I remain hopeful that we will ALL come out of this better than we went in. And I'm not necessarily talking monetary-wise.. this is a good time for all of us to start practicing more compassion, love and selflessness towards our neighbors. If we can all reach out a helping hand to just one person on a regular basis, even in just a small way, we can start to change the world.
I have been reading the book "Universal Compassion" by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso and it's about developing unconditional love and compassion for all human beings. The phrase that resonated with me is the idea that "just as I want happiness for myself, so does everyone else. Therefore I must work as hard for their happiness as I do for my own". Not a bad thing to keep in mind and in practice.
I thank all my friends for their compassion, love and encouragement that they show me. You brighten my days with every post, email and in person hug. Enjoy your day!