A Western Buddhist's Travels

Sightseeing & detours on the path of enlightenment

A year older, hopefully also wiser

Today is my turn to advance the chronometer of my age, turn that wheel one number higher. Looking back at the year, it has been one with all the emotions, joy, happiness, sadness, loss and most others we can experience. I think I have made progress in being more compassionate, but realize I have more work to do. I met friends who taught me a lot about friendship. I met a lady who I think has the qualities that should be admired, unfortunately our paths are not going in the same direction. She did help me realize that you never know when you will meet the one you didn’t think you would. Perhaps in time I will find someone to walk the path with me, or I may travel the rest of it alone. Regardless it is about choosing our friends for who they are, not for what they can do for us, accepting they may even leave as suddenly as they arrived. Lost a few friends over the last year, who have I hope to meet in a future life. Some for the easy of laughter we shared, others for always being there with a hand, a shoulder or strong back when I needed help, never asking what they would receive. I hope I can be equally as giving in my life. Attending meditation classes and Dharma talks have helped me to organize my thoughts and beliefs easier.

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