This past week, I was reminded what bravery is: to face life’s challenges with unwavering resolve to overcome any obstacle, no matter what.
Gavyn was diagnosed with a serious illness last week and I had a chance to spend time with him and Kent on Sunday before he had to check in to the hospital for his first series of chemotherapy treatments. I was in awe with Gavyn’s high spirits and confidence that he will defeat this illness; I was inspired by his courage.
The purpose of our Buddhist practice is to help us appreciate every moment of our lives and live bravely, boldly and happily in a world filled with joys, sufferings and everything in between1.”
“SGI President [Daisaku] Ikeda says: ‘True happiness is not feeling happiness one moment and misery the next. Rather, overcoming the tendency to blame our sufferings on others or on the environment enables us to greatly expand our state of life.'”
(“The Truest Happiness”, WT, 20 February 2009)
Thank you, Gavyn, for reminding me what true bravery is and to always treasure happiness, no matter what challenges we have to face.Footnotes ...
- Both suffering and joy are necessary to truly understand the deeper significance of our existence – WT[↩]