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I would normally have been upset

I would normally have been upset

Looking through prison bars to blue sky outside.
Due to practicing patience and compassion for others and understanding the temporal condition, I am able to joke about it. (Photo by sasinparaksa / stock.adobe.com

We were scheduled to go outside this morning but because there were only four of us willing to go out there, the yard time was cancelled. In the past I would have been upset, maybe even angry for being forced back in, because time outdoors is so precious. But now due to practicing patience and compassion for others and understanding the temporal condition, I am able to joke about it. On our way back inside, I joshed with Officer Jones saying, “You let us down. We needed five people to go out on the yard. Where were you? I don’t know if I can ever forgive you.”

Jones responded with laughter, “I don’t count. I’m not wearing a grey t-shirt.”

So all is well.

Venerable Thubten Chodron

Venerable Chodron emphasizes the practical application of Buddha’s teachings in our daily lives and is especially skilled at explaining them in ways easily understood and practiced by Westerners. She is well known for her warm, humorous, and lucid teachings. She was ordained as a Buddhist nun in 1977 by Kyabje Ling Rinpoche in Dharamsala, India, and in 1986 she received bhikshuni (full) ordination in Taiwan. Read her full bio.

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