What happens when you are dealing with a toxic situation with toxic people and potentially toxic consequences? You go toxic obviously.
But I’m searching for another way. In the past when I’ve had to do this, I haven’t been able to stop myself ingesting some of the toxic waste. Less doing bad things myself, more feeling sad, bleak and dark hearted. So who better to accompany me on my latest toxic clean-up than His Holiness the Dalai Lama?
As if by magic, his face was gently radiating out from a prominently placed book at our seaside library last weekend when I took the kids.
This is why we need libraries.
It takes a human to recognise that on one of the wettest winters on record, the Dalai Lama on ‘The Art of Happiness’ would be a good book to strategically place right by the entrance. Those quietly helpful, studious folk – librarians – know what they’re doing…
So what has the Dalai Lama to say?
1) Promote happiness and reduce suffering – especially your own.
2) Treat others with compassion, interest and openness.
3) Welcome intimacy with many – not just a few – with a few words, a smile or a simple kindness.
As I started writing this, I was going to choose a toxic ‘skull and crossbones’ to illustrate the post.
Now, having written it, I shall choose a beam of sunshine. That’s the Dalai Lama difference.