This little gem came as a great reminder today, when the suffering of the world threatened to overwhelm me. Bursting into tears as I watched on the BBC news children’s toys scattered in the rubble of the Gaza bombings,, their bodies being loaded together into the mortuary. Rude people at the village shop blocking other people’s cars, and making them wait until they finish shopping to move their car, even after the person has asked them to politely to move. Loud, overbearing people in the bays next to you at the driving range. The obnoxious amount of money spent on the World Cup Football in Brazil while people starve in the streets.
Thich’s words were a welcome reminder to find the beauty, and to nourish ourselves in order to better serve the world, in a world filled with suffering – not to be overwhelmed by it, but to find the beauty to carry on regardless. To find a community as well, of like-minded souls, who can inspire you on your journey through life. To be out in nature, and to see the wonder and live with the awe of a child again.
Then, you will be better able to serve the world, instead of submitting to the suffering and the grief, the rage and the injustice. Returning to the centre, finding peace and being peace is all that matters.