As I listen to the ancient Tibetan chant “Om Mani Padme Hum” it occurs to me that so few of us actually enjoy life in a spiritual sense.

The joy of living, experiencing, the joy of discovering the wonder of our potential for change.

Change is good, as is conflict — conflict and change give us new opportunities to reshape our lives and choose a better life for ourselves and for others. Those that do everything to avoid change and conflict are avoiding learning from life!

Randy Travis (Country music star) sings in one of his songs that “it is not what we take with us when we leave that matters, it is what we leave behind”.

We choose to have the life that we lead, although our choices are not always enlightened ones. Happily, if we make bad choices, we can also make better choices.

All too many older people tend to forget the magic of life, the exhilaration of doing something for the first time, the joy of making others happy. They sink down into contemplation of their bad choices, not understanding that they can make better ones! That is tragic.

Making mistakes in life is a good thing, if we learn from them.

As Lord Buddha said:

Learn from the Past
Plan for the Future
Live Now