After feeling angry and somewhat despondent over the past few weeks, I’m making an effort to get back on track. I’ll start posting to my blog again once a week on Wednesdays, but I’ve decided to cancel my monthly newsletter. It takes too much time and it’s just as easy to write up the same information in a blog post. In order to start refreshed and on a positive note, I found a quote from SGI President Daisaku Ikeda from March 3rd in Buddhism Day by Day.
It all comes down to you. I hope you won’t rely on others or wait for them to do something. Try to develop such a strong sense of responsibility that you can stand up to the fiercest storms, confidently proclaiming, “I’ll do it. Just watch me!” Please confront reality, look it squarely in the face, and with guts, wisdom and strength, challenge everything that lies ahead of you.
This is a great quote, but it isn’t easy to do. It takes courage to take responsibility for our own happiness and our own problems. It takes courage not to blame other people. I am determined to do everything in my power to succeed at resolving my problems and become a successful writer. I have rarely left anything up to others, except when I had no choice. If it was up to me, I would take care of everything myself.
It is important to stay positive, and my Buddhist practice is crucial in this regard. Even so, I still get angry when I believe there is injustice. Injustice in society does not resolve itself, we must fight for justice. I chant and pray every day for my own happiness and for justice. I keep fighting.