TIBET CONSCIOUSNESS – WISDOM TO GUIDE TIBET IN 2016
It was Yesterday or the day before, Red China attacked and occupied Tibet. I am not sure about my Tomorrow. I live Today. I have chance to Believe. I have chance to Hope. Today gives me the chance to express my Love. For I live Today, I Believe, I Hope, and I share my Love. I am seeking the Compassion of Lord Avalokitesvara to uplift Tibetans from pain and misery caused by military occupation of Tibet. While patience and perseverance provide the ability called endurance, it will not be enough to change the nature of Red China’s tyranny. I am seeking the Uplifting Power of Compassion to act as a Physical Force to move Red China’s military personnel out of Tibet without giving them any reason to experience pain or suffering.
Ann Arbor, MI 48104-4162 USA
SPECIAL FRONTIER FORCE
DALAI LAMA’S WISDOM INSPIRES 2016
Ed Nakfoor, Business columnist 10:39 a.m. EST December 30, 2015
This is not one of those year-in-review columns. No rehashing of 2015 musings. No nostalgic look at what was or what could have been. No fixation on missed opportunities and lessons learned. While history is a wonderful teacher, better to not dwell there.
Conversely, this is not a column about predictions for 2016. I do not own a crystal ball, divining rod, dream catcher or any such tool to chart a course for success at work, with school or in life.
After all, even the wisest among us, with a track record of solid forecasts, can see them crumble when winds of unpredictability are whipped into a frenzy.
Rather, my message is focused less on the year ahead and more on the next few minutes, few hours … a day at most.
My original idea was the annual “Merry Christmas” versus “Happy Holidays” dust up. I even wrote about 100 words before I shifted gears:
This was no frog in her throat. But something was there, preventing the words from forming. Finally, she coaxed them from her lips: “Have a happy holiday.”
She was not speaking to me. Rather, she was extending tidings of the season to the person with whom I was meeting. If my eyes did not roll then my sigh was weighted with disappointment; it was a few weeks ago so the details are a bit fuzzy. Regardless, merely the thought of it annoys me. After all, if the wisher of holiday cheer knew the other woman why not simply say “Merry Christmas?”
And with that I have officially entered the culture wars.
The issue is tiring. And so very silly, really. When the debate about the red Starbucks cup was in full throttle last month we discussed its news coverage in class. “Unbelievable,” I said, “the world is quite literally on fire and we’re debating the Christmas-worthiness of a cup.”
Although I do find it curious we do not have this conversation when the spring holidays arrive, clustered as they typically are; however in 2016 Easter, Passover, Greek Easter … the arrival of spring … are spaced far enough apart we do not have to contemplate an all-inclusive greeting for fear of committing what is fast becoming a crime against humanity: unwitting foot-in-mouth offense.
Set to resume writing on Christmas Eve morning, though, I customarily scanned the news as the coffee brewed. Following a week of “best of” and “top stories” of 2015 I anticipated those headlines would have made their way to less prominent positions in the papers. Alas, not the case.
And so was born my message. Actually, it is borrowed from the Dalai Lama but the words came to mind as I dismissed the paper with a flourish.
“There are only two days in the year that nothing can be done. One is called Yesterday and the other is called Tomorrow. Today is the right day to Love, Believe, Do and mostly Live.”
I first read that on a framed canvas hanging in a friend’s kitchen. And I think of it often when frustration sets in, or my confidence takes a tumble, when the grip of writer’s block squeezes ever stronger, or as I gaze at the calendar wondering what is to come.
As I spend my few weeks off from school updating one syllabus and developing a new one for the upcoming winter term I think of that quote. As I sift through notes from last semester and scraps of paper on which I jotted ideas to create the best possible class I recall those words. Even as I write this wondering how readers will receive it and what my next topic will be I cannot help but remember this truism.
Indeed, recall rather than ruminate on the past, and prepare for but do not become preoccupied with the future.
Instead, think of 2016 as simply a collection of days. Each taken one at a time.
Ed Nakfoor is visiting assistant professor of journalism at Oakland University.
Contact him at email@example.com.
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