I Live in This World

I live in this world of joy, and sorrow

of comfort and ease,

and of struggle, and pain

of friendship, and community and of loneliness and isolation

 

I live in this world of riches and poverty

where there is health

and illness

 

Where some people can only try to care for themselves,

while others are at the point where more and more they have thinking about and caring for others as the aim of their life

 

There are people serving others in this world - there are people taking joy in that

 

I live in this world

where many are in need of a protector

where many are in need of an advocate

where many people do not have even a basic education…

 

Today, in this world, there are many who are kept back from doing good things because of some illness

 

Today there are many who are broken-hearted

 

Today there are many who have been hurt in relationships

 

Every day in this world there are people experiencing pain: children, teenagers, adults, the middle-aged, the elderly; those who are alone, those with problems of the mind

 

I live in this world where many people are in need of some form of human contact

 

I live in this world where many people suffer from depression, where many people are blocked by depression

 

I live in this world where many people are experiencing the absence of love

 

I live in this world where many people use drugs, or drink, or sex to escape

where many people overeat

where many are without peace,

without control, without any freedom of mind

 

Right now, there are people being trapped by their addictions, overwhelmed

by their delusions,

Lost

 

I live in this world where someone is in danger of falling,

where someone is in danger of slipping - and the result can be severe for them…

 

There are many people in need of strength, light, and peace

 

I live in this world where people experience misfortune, accidents and are burdened by regret or are blocked by regret, doubts, recriminations…

 

I live in this world where many people are lonely, or numb, self-absorbed, superficial, or greedy, distracted, afraid, or sad, where there are those who are feeling ugly, or feeling hopeless

 

I live in this world where most people

are without any sense of the sacred dimension in life

 

I live in this world where the deluded band together and increase ignorance and suffering

 

Every day in this world there are people with no perspective on their life, dissatisfied, indulgent

 

I live in this world where people don’t think about death

 

Every day there are people wasting time, not seeing what they have, not taking advantage of all the opportunities they have while they still can

 

I live in this world where the vast majority of people are completely without any spirituality

 

I live in this world, where, though we may do some good, though we may improve our lives,

those few who have listened to teachings, and understood, many times don’t practice

and, of those who do practice, often they are not able to overcome the obstacles to gaining wisdom,

and practice in a way that they progress…

 

I live in this world where even those people who have received, and practiced, and accomplished a great deal of wisdom still suffer

they still fall into experiences

 

And I live in this world where some of the people who have become stable in realization don’t share their wisdom as much as they could

 

I live in this world where though we can help others too often we don’t

where though can remove others suffering and give them happiness, too often we don’t

 

I live in this world

where people don’t live in the present

where people don’t know their own worth, or the worth of others, where people don’t know their own potential...