Constant thoughts: Before a purchase, my conscience really gets to me and I wonder, How many people are cold & want this very same sweater for simly warmth? I wish I could help all, but I can’t. That truly upsets me. Why is it a necessity to be arrogant or a know it all? I absolutely love it when people can see both sides and have an open mind with everything. To see both sides of an argument.
Please excuse this rant, I’m feeling a tad upset at society
Conversations with strangers, how the wind feels while I’m driving, intellectual ideas, positive thinking, how lucky I am to be simply alive, and a huge amount of ranting/time spent with my loved ones.
Earthquake in Japan, Chile, floods in Australia, tsunamis in Japan and other countries...starvation, fires in California, economic crisis in the whole world, war in Egypt and Libya and in some other places.... THESE are signs that something is coming. And it is not good. Many lost faith, many lost their minds, many lost their life. And more will continue to go through tragic events. All I am saying is whe should value life because you can die any day and you can die anytime or someone you love can die. So value life. Love those few friends you have. Try to make new ones. Respect the people around you. Stand up for what you believe ONLY if it's right to do so. Give something to someone not so lucky as you. Help someone or do whatever you can - good things. Pray. Love. Live life. Take care. Take caution. And don't ever take things for granted. Life isn't for granted. It was given to us. It's a gift. Hold on to it as much as you can and make it worth your while on this Earth that's suffering enough. Be strong. Don't be careless.
It is true to say that Buddhism begins and ends in the study of suffering. This lies at its root just as it lies at the root of life itself. We are born into suffering - “like a dog without a bone, into this life we’re thrown” [The Doors] – and we all must die and experience pain and loss. Obviously, we also experience great joy as well, but suffering seems to be a dominating influence of all life and in our lives. Buddhism concerns itself very much with the study of suffering in all its forms, what it is, how it arises and how its causes might be cut, overpowered or transformed into a life-plan that minimises suffering coming into being, by cutting off its causes within one’s life, attitudes and behaviour. In this way, a ‘new life’ can be forged when effort and determination are harnessed to the task. Real change and real improvement are only possible when great effort is made at the right tasks. Such are the schools and paths of Buddhism. It is thus a religion of self-transformation and self-improvement, through application of continuous effort: