and unconditional love. What kinds of goals are
these? How many people do you know who have these
two qualities as their most important goals in life?
I know lots of people who have goals for family, career,
sports, or hobbies, and they spend a lot of time and
effort trying to reach those goals, but I don't think I've
met anyone yet on a personal level who's actually making
an effort to improve and strengthen their compassion and
not an easy goal to set or to keep track of. It's
not like these two qualities are quantifiable or
measurable. It's very difficult to determine how
we're doing in our effort to strengthen ourselves in this
way. Results are often unseen by us, so we often
can't see if we're making progress at all.
believe that if we're going to set such a goal, we must at
the same time release any need at all for seeing
results. We know in our hearts that if we're showing
compassion and unconditional love, then we're helping
other people just by being who we are. We're also
helping ourselves to become loving and compassionate
people, and the need to see results--or to have our
expectations for reactions fulfilled--can only sabotage
our efforts to make our love truly unconditional.
as seeds in a garden grow because that's what they do, our
efforts will have the results they're meant to have, not
the results we think they should have. What will the
garden of your life look like if it's allowed to grow as
it's meant to grow, nourished with love and compassion?