Friday, April 1, 2011

one at a time

"Sometimes I feel overwhelmed. But I try to work one day at a time. If we just worry about the big picture, we are powerless. So my secret is to start right away doing whatever little work I can do. I try to give joy to one person in the morning, and remove the suffering of one person in the afternoon. That’s enough.
When you see you can do that, you continue, and you give two little joys, and you remove two little sufferings, then three, and then four. If you and your friends do not despise the small work, a million people will remove a lot of suffering. That is the secret. Start right now."

~Sister Chân Không, Buddhist Nun
 Learning True Love: How I Learned to Practice Social Change in Vietnam

Photo: New Growth Forest Floor
O'ahu, Hawai'i
(c) Bruce Behnke, 2011