In searchng for a little inspiration to share with a dispondent colleague I came across a couple of useufl sights that contain wise and timely advice from historical figures, including the Buddha.
Here's the one I used,
'Happiness comes when your words and and your work are of benefit to yourself and others.'
It seemed to work with my colleague and certainly confirms my own experience. I definately feel most fulfilled when I know that my thoughts and actions are making a difference or even more simply, being appreciated. It reminds me of how important it is to constantly re-calabrate our thinking and doing, so that its 'beneficial' not detrimental to us and those around us. It also reminds me of the importance of saying thank you and of the power it has to contribute to people's sense of being appreciated.The focus on both words and work in the Buddha's quote has also prompted me to relflect once again on the importance and power of what the Buddha sometimes called 'right speech'. In addition to the constant struggle not to use words to harm others - the tempation to wrong speech - this quote about how 'beneficial' words can make us happy has prompted me to reflect on why I enjoy writing and how, by writing, particuarly about things that concern me and others, I can increase my sense of uderstanding, purpose and personal happiness.
The other quote I found and have appended to my reply email signatures was
'Your work is to discover your world and then with all your heart give yourself to it.'
More on this one later. In the mean time if you're looking for some inspirational words visit www.brainyquote.com
The photos that accompnay this entry were taken at Wat Si Saket in Vientiane, Laos. Laos has some of finest and most breathtaking examples of Buddhist cultural and spiritual heritage in South East Asia. You can see more photos of our recent trip there by clicking here.