We have a tendency to think in terms of doing and not in terms of being. We think that when we’re not doing anything, we’re wasting our time. But that’s not true. Our time is first of all for us to be. To be what? To be alive, to be peaceful, to be joyful, to be loving. And this is what the world needs the most.
We can gain great experience and training from our relationships with our enemies. It is in relation to enemies that we can primarily practice patience and tolerance and thus reduce the burden of anger and hatred.
Listen without prejudice, without interpreting any conclusions, either your own or those of another; listen to understand and not merely to refute or accept.
“The planet does not need more successful people. The planet desperately needs more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers, and lovers of all kind. And these needs have, unfortunately, little to do with success as society has defined it” ~David Orr
It’s okay to take some “me” time