Michael Munas (michaelboy) wrote,
Michael Munas

That which survives

While I do give to some charities, I don’t give a whole lot of money to these causes. I much prefer to give my time to help others by doing no-charge things like: volunteering at the hospital, mowing lawns, plowing driveways, repairing computers and the like. The one comment I’ve heard the most at the ER is, “It is so wonderful of you to take the time to volunteer” but, for me, it is primarily a selfish thing. When I drive home at night and realize that I may have truly helped someone, it leaves endless energy and a lasting happiness in me. Of course, it may be that I’m just permanently somewhat manic. 

“If we think only of ourselves, forget about other people, then our minds occupy very small area. Inside that small area, even tiny problem appears very big. But the moment you develop a sense of concern for others, you realize that, just like ourselves, they also want happiness; they also want satisfaction. When you have this sense of concern, your mind automatically widens. At this point, your own problems, even big problems, will not be so significant. The result? Big increase in peace of mind. So, if you think only of yourself, only your own happiness, the result is actually less happiness. You get more anxiety, more fear.”
~ Dalai Lama XIV, The Wisdom of Forgiveness
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