Tuesday, September 02, 2014

We Are All The Same

Whether one is rich or poor, educated or illiterate, religious or nonbelieving, man or woman, black, white, or brown, we are all the same. Physically, emotionally, and mentally, we are all equal. We all share basic needs for food, shelter, safety, and love. We all aspire to happiness and we all shun suffering. Each of us has hopes, worries, fears, and dreams. Each of us wants the best for our family and loved ones. We all experience pain when we suffer loss and joy when we achieve what we seek. On this fundamental level, religion, ethnicity, culture, and language make no difference.”
-  Dalai Lama XIV, Toward a True Kinship of Faiths: How the World’s Religions Can Come Together
We are all just people.  It is the beginning a new work week.  Most of us are dragging.  Some of us may not feel good.  We all have some worries and problems.  I imagine that many of you sat at home last night and said, “I wish I had just one more day off.”  I know my wife and I get up most work day mornings and say, “I’m just not feeling it today.”  However, most of us are here now and the day and the week loom large on the horizon.  Let’s work together to achieve the goals we have been given.  Let’s support one another.  Let’s encouragement one another.  Let us free one another from anxiety.  Whoever and whatever we are, we are all physically, emotionally, and mentally equal.  We share many of the same needs and want many of the same things.  Let us remember this today as we work together to achieve whatever tasks and goals we have been given.

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