Day Thirteen

by sarajaneafshar

Finals Season

With my 25th birthday fast approaching, I have been thinking a lot about what parts of me I don’t want to bring to 25. Today as I ran along the beach I thought about my temper. My critical tongue. My ability to be devoid of empathy when I feel my ego threatened. I thought about the events in the world that happened the same week as the Boston bombing. The earthquake in China, the building collapse in Bangladesh, the hundreds of civilian deaths in Syria… I can’t stop these things, no matter how many miles I run. But I am not helping if peace is not my priority in my personal life. I don’t know if the Guru knows I have been calling him the Guru, but I had to snap this when we were running along the beach today– too perfect:

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This is who the brunt of my temper usually falls on. If I can run for Boston and to honor peace every day, then I can let my temper go for the day too. Prayer, yoga, and meditation have done a lot for me in my life, but I find the zen-like high after a run is the perfect time to reflect on words to live by:

““Love the creatures for the sake of God and not for themselves. You will never become angry or impatient if you love them for the sake of God. Humanity is not perfect. There are imperfections in every human being, and you will always become unhappy if you look toward the people themselves. But if you look toward God, you will love them and be kind to them, for the world of God is the world of perfection and complete mercy. Therefore, do not look at the shortcomings of anybody; see with the sight of forgiveness. The imperfect eye beholds imperfections. The eye that covers faults looks toward the Creator of souls. He created them, trains and provides for them, endows them with capacity and life, sight and hearing; therefore, they are the signs of His grandeur. You must love and be kind to everybody, care for the poor, protect the weak, heal the sick, teach and educate the ignorant.”  -Abdu’l-Baha

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