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Begin Within -- Writer's Poke #396

Is it possible that you have everything you need right inside of you?

Some of us might have special talents, and some us of might have developed our skills more than others. For a moment, though, set your talents and skills aside. Those skills and talents aren’t “you.” They may be a part of what others (or even yourself) use to define you, but they are not your essence. 

If that’s the case, then the question remains: what are you? You are a human being with needs and desires, and yes, you are an individual with skills and talents. But even more than that, you are a powerful force in the universe.

When I started writing, I didn’t mean to sound all “New Age,” but at least for a moment, stop and consider what it would mean if you yourself are the key to your own success. What would it mean if you are the one that can make a difference, and maybe make a difference for not only yourself, but for everyone around you – friends, family members, strangers, you name it. Are you willing to accept the role? Are you willing to make a positive difference?

The Dalai Lama states that compassion is the most important inner value human beings possess, and from it springs “the inner qualities of kindness, patience, tolerance, forgiveness, and generosity.” Do you agree with this view? Do you see any weaknesses in an approach to living that promotes being compassionate, say, above being selfish or greedy? If not, how might you be able to begin developing the compassion that is already within you?

“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.” – Dalai Lama


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