This is some general advice from Rinpoche for everyone who is celebrating their birthday. This is what birthdays should really mean to us!
Your birthday is a reminder of another year gone by. But what have you actually accomplished internally and externally?
You should make a strong and permanent resolution you will not lie, be sneaky, be lazy, play with words or take advantage of anyone anymore. There have been decades and lifetimes of this.
The loss of respect for you, the loss of friendships, trust and time wasted are hard to replace. It is self-defeating and will serve to damage you further.
There’s nothing to celebrate today if you haven’t reformed. It is hard to break years of habituation but it becomes harder at 30, 40, 50 and so on. So, when do you start?
Would you like your relationship with everyone to further deteriorate?
If you send me cake, that is sweet. If you present me flowers, that is pleasant to the sight and I thank you. But you too should be like the cake and flowers – sweet and pleasant – to EVERYONE.
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