My work in Maui started pretty abruptly. I began on the 6th of Feb, following a superball sunday party at my Boss (uncle Jody B) house. He had recently installed a rock pool Jacuzzi, and his material possessions radiated the hight of luxury which one of the many windows of opportunity had gifted him. I often ponder on the lives of those with seemingly endless possessions, sometimes I fear they are tempted to live a life vicariously through their many toys. The sweet call of furthering the valourous facade has its costs. Nothing survives long under the eternal sky, and lasting happiness doesn't come from achievement, we are born in the morning and we die in the evening, those who were with us yesterday are no longer with us today. A life where your well-being and happiness is based on what you own can become a suffered life.
Nevertheless the rich get richer and the poor get poorer, I had a homeless person just the other day come up to me and ask me for 40 cents. I talked to him a while and found that he wasn't adding my money to his "piggy Bank" instead the 40 cents I had (now stingily) gifted him was all he had to his name. I now put the question out there, what can a human buy for 40 cents? I was later quite stirred by the whole circumstance and decided to give my winter jacket to someone whom might needed to survive the cold winter on the streets of Bellingham.
I use to often ask the question, what can I possibly do to help remedy the world of the myriad of problems which beset it everyday. I've now come to realise that, you can make small efforts here and there but good leverage over a problem doesn't give itself to you until you know yourself. Because not until you know yourself do your actions really come from the heart, being kind without the attachment to the outcome or affect it may have on you, kindness for the sake of kindness, no other motive. So until then I'll do what I can but with the knowledge that while my efforts are limited I'm running in the right direction.