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The Most Important Thing in Life

A dose of clarity and a dash of inspiration:

“We are all here on this planet, as it were, as tourists.  None of us can live here forever.  The longest we might live is a hundred years.  So while we are here we should try to have a good heart and to make something positive and useful of our lives.  Whether we live just a few years or a whole century, it would be truly regrettable and sad if we were to spend that time aggravating the problems that afflict other people, animals, and the environment.  The most important thing is to be a good human being.

the Dalai Lama, from A Flash of Lightning in the Dark of Night

So simple, don’t you think?


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  1. It is, and I like your cooking.

  2. So simple…and so profound.

  3. I have been thinking a lot about what makes a good life since my mom passed away last year. I miss her very much and I think she was a kind soul.

    • Rhonda,

      I’m sorry for your loss. It seems like your mother was a positive inspiration when it comes to simple kindness, a beautiful spark!

  4. Very beautiful. 🙂 How’ve you been, Sandra? Are you back? Love, Vidya

  5. jean sampson

    The best things in my life are always simple! And I love the DL! Thanks for this simple truth.

  6. As my 49th birthday was yesterday, this is very appropriate for me right now. I do not fear aging because I do feel as if I am and life is only getting better, but the half century mark does make me stop and reflect. With it, I have the awareness that I will not be here as long as I have been, and it makes me consciously think about how I want to spend the rest of my days here. Thanks for sharing.

    • Happy Birthday! Mid-life is such an important time for reflection. Choosing to approach it consciously can really transform the next part of our life. Thank you for the reminder and inspiration. I hope you had a beautiful day and I’m so inspired by how life is only getting better and better for you.

  7. Thanks for the reminder via the Dalai Lama, Sandra! He has an incredible way to put everything in perspective doesn’t he:) Going to continue in my quest to improve and be a better person:) Glad to see you back!

    • Vishnu,

      You’re welcome! You are a great person with a heart of gold who will only shine more and more. Nice to be “back”.

  8. Beautiful in all ways! When I read the title, I first contemplated what is the most important ‘thing’ to me…to be centered in my own heart truth as I read. The photo invites expansion and the quote is a wonderful affirmation of life. Thank you 🙂

    • Hi Joy!

      “Thing” is such a funny word! I’m not surprised by your “thing” and I take delight in your devotion to your own heart truth.

  9. Thank you for sharing this, Sandra. I think with all the religious discussion that abounds, at the end of the day being a good human being is what matters the most!

  10. Hi Corinne!

    It’s the essential thread, isn’t it! Thanks for your underscore.

  11. One of the books I am reading at the monent is precisely “The Art of Happiness” by Dalai Lama, well.. a series of writings and interviews with him. It’s amazing.
    And so is your spot on quote here, Sandra. It is indeed so true and simple yet highly inspiring.

    I’ve only noticed now your photo under your “Warm Welcome” and I can’t help to take this opportunity to say: it’s such a wonderful image of you as you radiate joy and positivity. I don’t know what were you thinking at that precise moment, but I guess you were feeling very Happy! 🙂

    All the very best from
    Tree Spirit

    • Hi Tree Spirit,

      That’s a wonderful book and I’m so glad that you find it amazing and that you’ve mentioned it here. Thanks for your kind words about the photo. I’m generally not so photogenic, but I was having fun with the camera and quite amazed I could take a photo of myself! Thanks for coming by. Stay well and happy.

  12. Dear Sandra – Ahh, so simple, yet so profound. Thank you for this reminder. So easy to get caught up in the drama of what “should” or “could” be. His Holiness reminds us of what IS, at its heart, the nature of this life’s journey. Take care and thanks for the great writing. Jerome

    • Hi Jerome,

      So nice to see you here! Yes, it so helps to have someone who can just cut through and show us what’s really important. Thanks for your kind words. Wishing you well.

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