Sunday, September 8, 2013

Day 181 Moved and inspired by this quote

From Laurence G. Boldt's Zen Soup:

"Everyday Zen means dealing with the world as it is, not insisting that it be the way we think it should be before we will love and embrace it. The greed, the violence, the pettiness, the stupidity we see all around us--these cry out for our love and understanding, not our condemnation. Condemnation never changed anything for the better.

"If in a selfish world I remain compassionate, if in a violent world I remain peaceful, if in a shallow world I maintain depth and sincerity, if in a world of ingratitude I celebrate the gift of life, then I have done what I can do. ..Don't spend your time in idle complaint; roll up your sleeves and get to work."

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