Thursday Thought: Haiti, Giving, and Carpe Diem

As I was ice climbing today, I couldn't help but think about the incomprehensible suffering of millions in Haiti, the tragedy of their plight, and how trivial my everyday struggles are in comparison.

So, today's Thursday Thought will be simple, short, yet hopefully profound in some way.

First, seize the day. Carpe diem. Our lives are short, and our time precious. We shouldn't need horrors like earthquakes, hurricanes, wars, death and destruction to remind of this reality, but often we do.

Remember what Sogyal Rinpoche said:

Living with the immediacy of death helps us sort out our priorities in life. 

And, of course, Marcus Aurelius in Meditations:

Live as on a mountain.

In other words, again, seize the day. Let the trivialities of life be just that…trivial. Focus on family, on passion, on living every day with purpose and meaning. For, like it or not, tomorrow you, me, any of us might be gone.

And, finally, if you have the ability, give. Give to Haiti, whether financially, physically, or simply mentally by sending positive thoughts however you do it. But, please, give, give as much as you can, and remember these encouraging thoughts:

The love of one's country is a natural thing. But why should love stop at the border?

– Pablo Casals

Help your neighbor's boat across, and lo! your own has reached the shore.

– Hindu proverb

Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you
can, in all the places you can, to all the people you can, as long as
ever you can.

– John Wesley 

Even in the absence of mutual gains, even
without indirect advantages to offset tangible costs, some decisions
require a transcending of self-interest, whether personal or
Roy Vagelos

The whole idea of compassion is based on a keen awareness of the
interdependence of all these living beings, which are all part of one
another, and all involved in one another.

– Thomas Merton

Mitakuye oyasin…
– Lakota Sioux prayer meaning "We are all related, we are all one."

Namaste…The spirit in my salutes the spirit which dwells within each and every one of you.

Jake Norton is an Everest climber, guide, photographer, writer, and motivational speaker from Colorado.

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