This quote/prayer/affirmation is the main feature of my desktop wallpaper. For those who can’t read from the image, it says,

Today I am fortunate to have woken up. I am alive. I have a precious human life. I am not going to waste it. I am going to use all my energies to develop myself, to expand my heart out to others, to achieve enlightenment for the benefit of all beings. I am going to have kind thoughts toward others. I am not going to get angry or think badly about others. I am going to benefit others as much as I can.

The Dalai Lama suggests that we begin each day by saying this to ourselves. I keep it on my desktop because I spend far too much time on my computer, and I need the reminder that each day of my life is an opportunity to create a better version of me so that I may be of greater service to others.

I need the reminder that I choose how I think. I choose whether my thoughts are kind or not. I choose whether to be angry with people and categorize them as “bad,” or to understand that toxic ideas that our society perpetuates are the core problem.

Some days, it’s harder to remember this than others. It is always worth the effort.

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