Yesterday I bicycled over to UNO with dear friends to hear the Dalai Lama speak. Points discussed were: Compassion, connection, equality, fairness, gratitude, peace, hope, unpretentiousness, appreciation, enjoyment, & laughing. I wish that the Dalai Lama could be global president.
He spoke often of dealing with things in life with a calm center, his analogy was like the sea - the waves on the top can be turbulent, but down below there is always calm. Also of not creating expectations, which lead to disappointment. I have tried to eliminate expectations over the years and have found to be so much happier without them.
One of the questions from citizens of New Orleans at the end of the talk asked, 'Do you have doubt and how do you deal with it?' His reply involved looking at problems from many perspectives, preparing yourself mentally for problems that will arise, and keeping your calm center. If your mind is at peace you can best consider varied perspectives.
He also laughed frequently during the talk, filled with such true joy and appreciation. So humble and wishing to be treated like a human, as we all are together he reinstated multiple times, we are people. Everyone one of us around the world is born from a mother and will one day die, no one is better than another. And that this should extend to all parts of the world, animals and the earth treated with respect.
Another great question from New Orleans was, "In a world with so many troubles, how do you remain an optimist?' He replied, 'There is no other choice.'
Thank you Dalai Lama for a wonderful gift, I hope that all of our world leaders will be more like you.