Andrew Nicholls (Temple Host) posted an update 2 weeks, 5 days ago
Another work day, I look forward to the weekend then there is time to relax, reflection on my week and make plans for the week ahead. Is this selfish I often ask myself how I crave for the peacefulness of the weekend, get up later and take much pleasure in spoiling myself one way or another. I work hard all week so deserve this surely. But then I think of all the suffering in this world, I only have to walk to my local shop to see the homeless asking for help. People stop some give money some give food. I stop at traffic lights and there they are again cleaning my car windscreen in the hope that I’ll give them some change. They then often fake dropping the money and ask for more.
All of this and that’s just on a journey to the shop or drive to work. It then follows that those who wish to live a religious life must do all they can to put an end to the suffering, it could be that for all our efforts we achieve little in this vast universe. Like a few grains of sand taken from the Ganges to use a Buddhist phrase. I then think of the story told to me by one of the trainers I often have with my work in mental health.
A man watches a small boy picking up starfish that have been washed up on the beach and frantically throwing them into the sea. The man approaches the child and says “there are far too many for you to save them” the boy looks up at the man and says “ yes, but what if I save just one”.
So I realise that I can’t do everything and my quite time at the weekend shouldn’t cause too much guilt, but I do try to live my life in a way that can be of benefit to others and who knows if we all do that how much grains of suffering can be removed from the Ganges of life.
Namo Amida Bu.
Thanks for sharing Andrew. Namo Amida Bu
I think if you use the free weekend to rest, take courage and energy to be able to do your job the next week and to reflect on what you did and shall do, there is no matter of selfishness, as you are just trying to do good and to be able to continue that… letting body and mind relax after work is natural and good. Namo Amida Bu