For Oscar and his Family and his loved ones…
“The two hardest tests on the spiritual road are the patience to wait for the right moment and the courage not to be disappointed with what we encounter.”
~ Paulo Coelho
Ek wil net se dat ons vir jou bid, en sterkte, bly op jou kniee!
I just want to say that we pray for you, and good luck, stay on your knees!
Someone has written these beautiful lines. Read and try to understand the deeper meaning of them.
Ơ̴̴͡.̮Ơ̴̴̴͡ 1. Prayer is not a “spare wheel” that you pull out when in trouble, but it is a “steering wheel” that directs the right path throughout life.
Ơ̴̴͡.̮Ơ̴̴̴͡ 2. Why is a car’s windshield so large and the rear view mirror so small? Because our PAST is not as important as our FUTURE. So, look ahead and move on.
Ơ̴̴͡.̮Ơ̴̴̴͡ 3. Friendship is like a BOOK. It takes a few seconds to burn, but it takes years to write.
Ơ̴̴͡.̮Ơ̴̴̴͡ 4. All things in life are temporary. If they are going well, enjoy them, they will not last forever. If they are going wrong, don’t worry, they can’t last long either.
Ơ̴̴͡.̮Ơ̴̴̴͡ 5. Old friends are gold! New friends are diamond! If you get a diamond, don’t forget the gold! To hold a diamond, you always need a base of gold!
Ơ̴̴͡.̮Ơ̴̴̴͡ 6. Often when we lose hope and think this is the end, God smiles from above and says, “Relax, sweetheart; it’s just a bend, not the end!”
Ơ̴̴͡.̮Ơ̴̴̴͡ 7. When God solves your problems, you have faith in HIS abilities; when God doesn’t solve your problems, He has faith in YOUR abilities.
Ơ̴̴͡.̮Ơ̴̴̴͡ 8. A blind person asked God: “Can there be anything worse than losing eye sight?” He replied: “Yes, losing your vision!”
Ơ̴̴͡.̮Ơ̴̴̴͡ 9. When you pray for others, God listens to you and blesses them, and sometimes, when you are safe and happy, remember that someone has prayed for you.
Ơ̴̴͡.̮Ơ̴̴̴͡ 10. Worrying does not take away tomorrow’s troubles; it takes away today’s PEACE.
Have sweet dreams
Here in England, the nights are drawing in and Summer is meandering into Autumn. Despite the shorter days and creeping chill, this is one of my favourite times of year. I love to watch the leaves curl, and the colours so synonymous with this green and pleasant land slowly morph into bronze, auburn and russet hues. A leaner landscape is revealed, with the promise of winter a season beyond.
I am fortunate to live in the heart of the South Downs National Park, and its beautiful, protected countryside. However, with the best of both worlds, I am only an hour’s train ride from my favourite city, London. Tomorrow, I will be taking that familiar journey – destination Greenwich and the O2 Arena.
I’m a regular visitor to this once controversial venue, usually to rock out to one of my favourite bands! But this time, I have a very different treat in store. I will be one of the many thousands of people, packing the venue to listen to the words of one of the world’s most famous octogenarian’s, the man formerly known as Lhamo Dondrub, now better known as ‘His Holiness’ the Dalai Lama.
One wonders how many 80 year olds could fill a venue that has the capacity to hold 20,000 people! But of course, the Dalai Lama isn’t just any ordinary 80 year old. This is a Nobel Peace Prize winner, a man with an extraordinary personal story and an exceptional outlook on life.
“My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness”
“Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible”
Born to a family of Tibetan farmers, this gentle man who loves to talk and laugh at his own jokes, has been the spiritual leader of Tibet for more than seven decades. At the budding age of just two, he was found by Buddhist monks who had been scouring remote villages in the Tibetan countryside, and who identified him as the reincarnation of the 13th Dalai Lama. For almost six of those decades he has lived in exile, in the Indian Himalayan town of Dharamsala, having fled Tibet in disguise ater an uprising against the Chinese regime.
“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion”
Devoted to spiritual matters, in recent years he has become something of a ‘religious rock star’, even attending the renowned Glastonbury Music Festival last year, just before his 80th birthday. One might wonder why people flock in their thousands to see an elderly, humble man, dressed in wine and saffronn coloured robes. But anyone, Buddhist or not, who has read the words and teachings of this man, cannot fail to see that he is an extraordinary human being in a world that so often seems destitute of the the finer human qualities that he encompasses. Indeed, he has oft been described as ‘the moral conscience of the world’.
“Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them”
Oscar my dear boy, I wish you could be there with me tomorrow. I wish you could stand in an arena surrounded by people for whom compassion, humanity, love, harmony, forgiveness, tolerance and peace, mean everything. I wish you could absorb his words, bathe in their comfort and feel the soothing balm of human kindness, real and lived. I wish you could see beyond the worst of human qualities that rage against you, but that have no place in a godly or spiritual world. I wish that you could be there and see that there are people, many people, who reject hatred, malice and revenge, and who love goodness, kindness, compassion and love. I wish you could be there and know that it is okay to make peace with yourself.
“We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves”
I wish you could be there. But I will be there, and I will hear the words, soak them in, write them down if I need to and then I will share with you his words, and his humanity, as best I can. In the meantime, my love and prayers are with you. May God give you continuing strength to see you through this ordeal, and deliver you swiftly, and safely, back into the heart of your family.