“When the world is filled with dissatisfaction, transform adverse conditions into the path of enlightenment” – Lojong slogan
- Is it an argument with my wife or a chance to clear the air with her and start afresh?
- Is it lack of money or an opportunity to simplify my life?
- Was he a disappointing friend or someone who showed me who I shouldn’t waste time with?
And what about this horrible job that I quit, did I just make a serious mistake or did I start designing a better lifestyle?
The answers to these questions are equally true, depending on how you want to look at things, a curse or a blessing, it’s up to you to decide.We might feel that our lives are flooded with problems, yet every single single situation is potential fuel for growth.
Since our ability to leverage the chaos is only a matter of training, for a moment, imagine the lightspeed progress you’d make if troubles actually made you more alive, smarter, more compassionate?
Given the kind of crap we get everyday, it’s not like we’re at risk to run out of opportunities…
PS: Regarding the Buddhist practice of changing adverse life circumstances, I recommend:Start Where You Are: A Guide to Compassionate Living – Pema Chodron