I think I’m a pretty happy sort of chap, always joking around and generally enjoying life.
But there are times when that just isn’t appropriate and the last couple of weeks have been such a time.
Being happy is actually a frame of mind. It is also a choice that we can all make, by seeing the glass as half full, rather than half empty.
But the happiness of others can, and often does, have a very uplifting effect. I got a snippet of good news this afternoon, and it seems that my work situation may be a little more stable than I had imagined. I’m pleased about that, and so is my boss, who has been working hard to make a case for my continued presence in Ringwood.
So my happiness tonight is more than partly down to his happiness. The happiness of others is important and is something we should try our best to promote. Using our wisdom, courage and compassion will go a long way to achieving that goal.
So next time, during diamoku, concentrate on praying for the happiness of someone you know who needs a bit of cheering up. Fill your lungs, chant your heart out and you too will feel your spirits lifted.
Nam Myoho Renge Kyo.