Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Free Advice from the Buddha

“Do not overlook tiny good actions, thinking they are of no benefit.  Even tiny drops of water in the end will fill a vessel.”  This is what the Buddha speaks.  We have the opportunity to do millions of “tiny good actions” throughout our life.  According to the Buddha if we were to perform this in the end we will have made an impact on planet earth.

Blessed Mother Teresa lived by doing tiny good actions that led to life changing status for the people she cared for.  When someone would try to bring her down by the enormous need of the poor and how she would never fill that need she would reply “What we are doing is just a drop in the ocean.  But if that drop was not in the ocean, I think the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.  I do not agree with the big way of doing things.”

Saint Therese known as the saint of “The Little Way” teaches us to live life not concerned about being rich or famous and not to worry about doing great and mighty deeds.  Her “Little Way” of going about everyday tasks with love and knowledge of pleasing God brought so much grace into the world and still does today.

Insignificant tasks done unnoticed without seeking recognition, finishing the grunt work of projects that no one wants to do, giving a comfort hug for no particular reason, pointing out the positive side of a downside, letting someone talk and tell their whole story, listening without judging, praying for the well being of a complete stranger, pausing for a second so the person next to you gets to go ahead of you, not taking the last cookie in the cookie jar; these are examples of tiny ways and meager actions that most people will never think twice about or even care to find out the person responsible for such acts of kindness.  But, if they are truly done to please God then they are not insignificant whatsoever.

Both Saint Therese and Blessed Mother Teresa lived life in a very scrupulous way.  They were careful of small details, honest to the core, conscientious of their actions, and painstakingly meticulous in their little ways; always putting their heart and soul into helping others.

It’s been said a little bit of goodness goes a long way.  Take the advice from the Buddha “Even tiny drops of water in the end will fill a vessel.”

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