Life moves on, whether we act as cowards or heroes. Life has no other discipline to impose, if we but realise it, than to accept life unquestioningly. Everything we shut our eyes to, everything we run away from, everything we deny, denigrate or despise, serves to defeat us in the end. What seems nasty, painful, evil, can become a source of beauty, joy, and strength, if faced with an open mind. Every moment is a golden one for him who has the vision to recognise it as such.
slow, she grew in me;
roots reaching deeper than i
could have imagined..
True compassion comes from appreciating that the aspiration of others to enjoy happiness and avoid suffering is the same as your own, giving rise to a sympathetic wish that they too be free from suffering. Being based on reason, such compassion is not affected by whether the other person is a helpful friend or a harmful enemy, or just plain neutral. Real compassion does not depend on whether the other person is nice to you.
The Dalai Lama