Total Commitment

Total CommitmentWhen you make a commitment, be that a personal thing, or to your practice, you must make it wholeheartedly and never let that commitment dwindle. If the commitment is to your practice, only you will suffer if you let things slide, but if it to another person, remember that you will make them suffer too if you allow it to slip.

Nichiren Buddhist practice is a fairly flexible commitment. Practice itself should be a routine, something you do every day, but it can generally fit around the rest of daily life. A commitment to another person is not so flexible. If you say you are going to do something, you must do it, otherwise you are letting both yourself, and more importantly, the other person down too.

Being reliable, trustworthy, committed, is something in which to take a pride. The benefits of being so will bring their own rewards, and foster a strong and lasting relationship with those who come to trust and rely upon you.

So next time you say you will do something with, or for another, make it more than just an empty promise. Be determined to make it a real commitment, do what you say you will do, and be that person on whom they can truly rely.

Impermanence

ImpermanenceOn the day when many of us promised to love each other forever, it is wise to remember that although we mean what we say, our human frailty will most certainly mean that we are unable to keep that promise. It has often been said that the only certain things in life are death and taxes, with death being the most certain.

Now don’t get all upset with me, I’m not trying to bring everyone down, just to put our promises in context. What we really mean is that we will love the other till our Wheel of Life turns full circle and we embark on our next lifetime. Not such a shabby promise after all, in my opinion.

But it is a good time to think about our mortality, not in a negative way, but in a way that we can focus on the most important things in life, and how many of those need to be completed while we still have chance.

Impermanence is a very important part of Buddhist teaching. Remembering that everything in our lives is ever changing, and nothing lasts forever, reminds us to make the most of each and every day. It also reminds us to treat our friends, family and particularly today, our partners, with love, compassion and understanding.

So having brought us all down to earth with a bump, I hope you all had a wonderful Valentines day. Just remember to show your love to others every day, not just when the card shops tell you that you should.

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