Wisdom from a Guru

An entry by a Guru in his daily notes of wisdom, “Move on and just turn the page,” sounds simple.

Everyone would feel and think about different experiences when one sees the entry.

What it says exactly:

“Move On and Just Turn the Page – by Gharwang Rinpoche

I have seen many shades of ups and downs in my life. Sometimes I get what I want and even occasionally get what I never asked for. What really helps me to move on with my day to day life is to accept whatever happens, regardless of whether the outcome is good or bad.

In addition, I must confess that nothing is really as easy as we may wish. Sometimes, we may wish for something in particular but end up having to settle for something else.

Over the years, I realised that few factors in life can make all the difference.

  • Firstly, to be guided by compassionate teachers.
  • Secondly, in order to avoid the same mistakes, always learn from your past experiences.
  • Thirdly, make sure that you do not let your assumption decide your path.
  • Finally, one should build up self-confidence to carry on with one’s daily life without being dictated by emotions and especially arrogance and pride.

Have a wonderful day.”

Reflecting on that entry, I feel that I do often find myself in ruts due to the reluctance of getting myself out. It is always all in the mind and seeing things from a different perspective or approach can really make a difference. Assumptions and notions often lead to expectations and outcomes which may not be what we’ve hoped for. The expectation of an outcome is generally a cause of unhappiness or dissatisfaction.

So by accepting whatever comes, after putting in the right effort and being kind, compassionate and honest in whatever we do, will help one get through any downs and not to hold on to the ups. Easy as it sounds, it is tough in practice.

Practising this on a daily basis of watching thoughts and emotions is a mind exercise and one which can truly help, if i remember to do it. Move on, don’t dwell and just be/do better.