Meditation Point #93A Zen Thing
How to compare this brief life?
This morning a boat crossed the harbor,
leaving no mark in the world. – – Mansei
SO few of us leave a mark upon the world that most of us can name these people going back a millennium. Yet we like to feel ourselves important. Perhaps this explains we some try to raise themselves at the expense of others? Or why wealth seems is the measure for some. We are like the wake of a boat, most will only be remembered for a short time after their passing. Is this as it should be? Yes. Ours is not to seek personal remembrance in this world when we are gone, or it shouldn’t be. Ours should be to improve the world in some small way that the lives of others are improved from our having been here. Some do this by raising good children, other through charity, but in my mind the biggest impact we can have is through small simple acts of kindness towards total strangers. To many have forgotten that it only takes a moment and a smile to make a difference in someones life, perhaps forever changing the course of their life.
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