I remember when, “Today is the first day of the rest of your life,” emerged as a popular logo, on stationary and cups and sweatshirts, as if it had not always been true. I recall also thinking it was inspiring to realize that a moment dedicated as special, as if it were setting the course for a long journey, gives that moment energy.
I also remember hearing a Tibetan Buddhist Rimpoche saying, “Everything hangs on the point of intention.” The more I recall for myself, daily, that my life is, by its very nature, temporal, and that I have a limited number of days in which I can dedicate myself to caring for others and caring for the world, the more my actions stay close to “for the benefit of myself and for the benefit of others.”
Special days, like the first of a new calendar year when everyone is celebrating together, are perfect times to speak that vow to yourself and to your family and to your friends.
May 2019 start its journey in the direction of caring and kindness.
Happy New 2019