Sunday, February 13, 2011

The Oak Tree in the Garden

Fearlessly unfolding
Destination unknown
The oak tree in the garden

Sometimes when I set out to write a new blog post, I lose my nerve, thinking of all the wonderful, brilliant, heartfelt posts being written every minute. I started blogging because I wanted to make a difference, and felt sure there was more I could do on the internet than click the Hunger Site every day.

I want to make a dent in all the suffering out there, but my problem is believing the fallacy that I need to make a dent that is significant to me.

But how is it possible to know the effects of even the smallest action? In a very real sense, I have no idea what I'm doing or what the universe is doing.

The first of the Bodhisattva Vows is a daunting proposition:  "All beings without number I vow to liberate". To keep our vow, we can only speak and do the things that seem right at the moment - hopefully things that are kind, helpful and sincere - and leave the consequences to themselves.


  1. I like this David. You took yourself right out. I think that's quite brilliant and yet quite simple.

  2. Love this. Spoken for many of us who are gently putting one foot in front of the other right now.

  3. Thanks Susan! Together and separately, I guess we are all going where no one has gone before.

  4. The photo you posted was well chosen... I see that we are all in that mist - Not sure we're making a difference. Perhaps I'm naive but I believe everything we do matters... Never stop singing or writing David - You count more than you realize.

  5. Thanks so much, Bea, I don't plan on stopping. And I agree with you - I think everything we do counts!

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