When living in the fast lane, we are constantly bumping into others who are also living in the fast lane. Egos are bruised, patience wears thin, and the “blame others” scenario is close at hand. Like a good boy or girl scout, we must be prepared for these situations. Plan B, C, etc. must be on the forefront ready to roll. Plan B, C, etc. are how to stay cool and not react. As Shantideva says repeatedly in the patience chapter 6, “stay like a log.” It does not mean to suppress our feelings, rather to not react. Cool down. Review the situation and go over the healthy strategies we have at the ready. Remember this is Friday the 13th! Arrived in Mongolia last night.
Patience is golden. It gives us pause rather than kneejerk reaction. It allows us to take a deep breath, and consider the consequences of getting angry — making us unhappy, bringing future problems, not to […]
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