Monday, October 18, 2021

Lizada: Giving

PEOPLE can only give what they have. Do not expect otherwise because if you do you will end up frustrated or mad. The arrogant can only give pretension, the insecure, bluster, and the bully, cowardice. On the other hand the humble give, gratitude, the strong, character, and the meek, power. All of us can only give what we have, nothing else, nothing more.

We all have dealt with all sorts of people. Some leave us in awe because of their well, awesomeness while others leave us in disbelief because of their nihilism. Let me share a story that went viral a few days ago.

A dog was found in a trash bin. Its mouth was tied with wire so it would not be able to make noise. Its feet were trussed also with wire. The dog was hogtied and then it was thrown away. Think about that for a moment. Imagine it. Surely the dog did not deserve such treatment. Then imagine the person who did that. Imagine that person and what went thru his or her head. A helpless dog tied up. It is incredible how brutal how some people have become. But then it is no longer a surprise because people can only give what they have. Good thing it also works the other way around. Peace abounds also.

Several days ago I happened to watch a video on Youtube that left me quiet. It was a video showing some Tibetan monks singing in some sort of concert. The first thing that hit me was the sound of the Tibetan bowl that resonated. The second thing was the guitar, the violin, and the drum playing a song that can only be described as heavenly. Then the monks began singing and I was stilled. Not only because of the chant but the faces of the monks. They all looked so serene, so peaceful. That is something that you cannot fake, it is something that you cannot buy. They all looked so calm, so within. And when the song ended I felt some semblance of tranquility, if only for a short while.

And that is it, isn’t it? We all have the power to share what we have and the only thing we ask is what do we share? And let us be careful about what we share because it does affect and influence others.

It is no accident that a lot of people nowadays are mad and violent because there are those who emit violence and madness. Just look at social media.

But in the same breath, there is much goodness also. Let us be careful what we share because what we share reflects what is inside us. That cannot be hidden by words.

By the way, if you wish to watch the video, go to Youtube and search for Namo Avalokiteshvra, Plum Village, Dreamforce 2016. It is worth the watch.



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