Talking To Myself About Buddha Quotes — Again

“To support mother and father, to cherish wife and children, and to engage in peaceful occupation — this is the greatest blessing”.

Earning money is a good thing; particularly earning a lot of money because more money means help can be provided to people I know. If I had more money, it would be great for me to make someone’s day better by giving them something, by treating them to a meal, by enhancing my experience with someone. Earning money while doing good for people and using the money to aid others is ideal. Spending money should be about pleasing the self and others. Working should be, first, about doing good for the world; earning money should be second.

“Those who cling to perceptions and views wander the world offending people”.

Having strong opinions about anything, to take a stance on something definitely offends people. This creates division, conflicts, arguments. It’s inevitable to have strong opinions. All of us feel strongly for and/or against something. At the same time, though, we should treat all views fairly. Regarding hateful, unfair opinions on something or someone, I think we should understand what bothers the particular individual who has unjust opinions about something or someone, where the opinions may originate.

I often doubt myself when other people don’t. I often think that others may not like me or have taken offense by what I have done when they haven’t. I may apologize, I will reveal any time I feel that I offend someone and I can see that the person doesn’t feel bad and then the person doesn’t feel good about my feeling like I’ve committed an offense. We shouldn’t hold on to views that we think people may have of us. When we hold on to these views, we show them in our actions when we deal with the people whom we think don’t think well of us.

Again, it’s good to have strong opinions on something but we shouldn’t express our opinions in a way that causes disharmony.

Keep our minds open. Don’t tightly hold on to our ideas.

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