"How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world" - Anne Frank
There is a beautiful concept in my tradition (Judaism) called "Tikun Olam" - which calls each of us to repair the world through action, engagement, service & social justice.
In many respects, it's very similar to the Mahayana Buddhist idea of the "Bodhisattva Vow" or the person who offers up a scared statement to put the needs of others, before those of her own.
The Bodhisattva is one who acts from a space of selfless service.
They are animated with the energy of altruistic action - and motivated to help all beings "wake up." (in the Mahayana Buddhist tradition, the Bodhisattva delays or even forsakes their own enlightenment and entrance into a heavenly abode, instead choosing to stay and serve.....for the benefit of the enlightenment of all beings)
As I ponder the shortness of life - the tragedies, the triumphs, the inequities and the unfairness - the pain, the progress, the laughter and the love - I'm reminded how many Bodhisattva's are already here.
Some in spirit.
Some still in physical form.
But all in service of something bigger, bolder and more beautiful than can be captured in a single moment, or a single lifetime.
The legacy of the bodhisattva lingers.
Their light reminds us.
We always get to choose.
No matter where we've been, we can always begin again.
And in a world where tomorrow is promised to no one, the only moment that matters, is now.
So in whatever you do best - and in whatever time you have to do it - get up tomorrow, and just begin.
“This world does need your help so badly, very badly. And so on behalf of this world, I would like to request that you come and do something about it.” - Chogyam Trungpa
Teach what you know. Do what you love. Wake up the world with your work. Join us.