Inspiring. Joyous. Humble. Wise.
To say that His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama is an incredible man would be an understatement. I recently attended a lecture on the Dalai Lama’s Compassion Without Borders tour. With overwhelming wisdom and powerful messages, one stood out to me more than any other. Adversity. The Dalai Lama spoke of how to make sense of struggle and challenge in our lives. As if it were planned, a dear friend with whom I feel a strong connection sent me this quote just days before the lecture*:
“I asked for Strength…
And life gave me challenges to make strong.
I asked for Wisdom…
And life gave me problems to solve.
I asked for Prosperity…
And life gave me brain and brawn to work.
I asked for Courage…
And life gave me danger to overcome.
I asked for Love…
And life gave me troubled people to help.
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We’ve all had great days when we felt on top of the world. We’ve also had those not-so-great days when we felt like curling into a ball and disconnecting from the world. What kind of person are you when faced with challenging situations? Does adversity stop you in your tracks or are you able to approach every situation acknowledging there is something to be learned? It is easy to appear confident and collected in times of ease; the challenge is to maintain this character in times of difficulty.
Bad things are going to happen… that’s just the way life goes. Situations beyond our control will present themselves in varying magnitudes. What we are able to control is our individual response to the situation. Let us first discuss the difference between a reaction and a response.
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