Give fearlessness.

Not fear. 

At some point in our daily routine, we encounter an “it.”

“It” isn’t dangerous. Nor newsworthy or life-changing. Just annoying! An inconsiderate behavior that has been going on for a long time, affecting not only us but others as well.

So, once again, we rehearse how we will lodge a complaint with the appropriate person, confident that she’ll correct the “annoying” person. Perhaps by pointing out how his actions go against the rules. Perhaps with a mild reminder of the need for considerate behavior.

We could complain, but must we? Should we?

We know that we’re supposed to give fearlessness. Not fear.

What if, instead of helping the person conform to the rules, we cause him a serious problem? What if his conditions are so constricting that he has no option but to break that rule knowing he’s not hurting anyone? What if our complaint triggers a life-changing event for him? We need to ease others suffering, not cause it.

We need to relax. And just let go.



Please don’t give me frustration... (Click image for video)


Live every day as if it is your last.  

Most of us have a good idea of what we want, and need, to get done today. For many, it’s tasks at work. For others, it’s family responsibilities. Perhaps it’s running errands, watching TV, checking the news, lunch with a co-worker or friend, servicing the car, apologizing to our partner for last night’s argument.

There’s so much we need to do to meet commitments, so much we want to do for personal enjoyment, so much we hope to accomplish. A lifetime of to-dos.

But what if we found out that we don’t have a lifetime? What if we learned that all we have is today? Just 24 hours. Suddenly, things like TV, the latest gossip, car maintenance, etc., seem irrelevant. And things like family, friends, and maybe even work, advance to the front of our last To Do list. But it is our yearning to be born in the Pure Land in this lifetime that surges to center stage. And stays there. We need to view every day in this way. We need to focus on what truly matters.

We need to live every day as if it’s our last.