“I set my intention for the day: that this day should be meaningful. Meaningful means, if possible, serve and help others. If not possible, then at least not to harm others. That’s a meaningful day.” —T. Gyatso
Today, I did intend to start my day with the purpose of being meaningful. These are words to live by—inscribe then on your heart. There’s so much truth to Gyatso’s words that a meaningful existence is framed by our actions toward others.
We cannot serve meaningful lives when our focus is self-serving. That marks a significant difference between the 21st century American obsession with wealth, self and health. What I want to share is that it’s okay if things don’t go as planned.
- It’s okay to fail.
- It’s fine to mess up.
- And it’s going to be alright if you have a bad day.
We can’t control what the world throws our way. As long as we learn from mistakes we make or choose the best response to actions outside our control, there’s no point in stewing over misfortune or failure.
Today, I’ve finally surrendered to either some new seasonal allergy or an elusive summer cold and it has me struggling to breathe. It has made my last few days inconvenient, but that’s just something that happens to you like so much in life. It’s beyond my control, and as such I allow it no influence over my emotions or decision-making.
All this means is that stuff happens in life. We have to rise to the occasion and choose to respond better, kinder and wiser to these situations than others act toward us. If we don’t work on improving our response to these situations, all we can hope to contribute to the world is more discord, anger, resentment and frustration for our children to resolve.