A Precious Human Life


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Today I received a newsletter that reprinted a poem by the Dalai Lama.  I’d like to share it with you here.  Imagine what kind of day you could have with thoughts like these filling your mind!

A Precious Human Life

Every day,
think as you wake up

Today I am fortunate
to have woken up.

I am alive,
I have a precious human life.

I am not going to waste it.

I am going to  use all my energies
to develop myself, to expand my heart out to others,
to achieve enlightenment for the benefit of all beings.

I am going to have kind thoughts towards others.

I am not going to get angry,
or think badly about others.

I am going to benefit others
as much as I can.

His Holiness
the XIV Dalai Lama

Source: Greeting card published by Namgyal Monastery, Dharmsala, India. (The Dalai Lama’s personal monastery.)

Sure beats waking up and thinking “I really don’t want to go to work today”, doesn’t it?

PS for the curious, the newsletter was from http://www.mrpositive.com

{ 2 comments… add one }

  • Farmers Wife October 7, 2009 at 8:02 pm

    Would you mind very much if I posted this poem to my blog, it’s just so amazing and inspiring… Michelle

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  • Crystal October 8, 2009 at 8:32 am

    Not a problem with me. Ethically, so long as you make sure you leave the source details at the end, I imagine there’d be no issues with spreading the message further – I didn’t see any copyright on it when I checked. (It would also be gratefully appreciated if you would link back to my post)

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