Vandalism, Yoga and Forgiveness

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Our new bike rack with the custom-welded logo was vandalized yesterday. A student told a Just B teacher that they saw some “kids” ripping the letters off.


Intentional meanness. Blatant and open daytime vandals.

I could go on and on about feeling violated and perplexed at such a display of evil. But I won’t. It’s a waste of air and the energy to type it.

I’ll share wise words from sages I rely on to keep me true to my practice.
Namaste.

“Compassion, forgiveness, these are the real, ultimate sources of power for peace and success in life.”
– H.H. Dalai Lama

“People are often unreasonable and self-centered. Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.
If you are honest, people may cheat you. Be honest anyway.
If you find happiness, people may be jealous. Be happy anyway.
The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway.
Give the world the best you have and it may never be enough. Give your best anyway.
For you see, in the end, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.”
– Mother Teresa

The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.
– Gandhi

3 thoughts on “Vandalism, Yoga and Forgiveness”

  1. The culprits names begin with an S, B, Y and an A. The kid whose name has an S, lost out.

    It is disappointing and unfortunate. (sigh.)

    When I was a kid, someone stole my big wheel off my stoop. I was sad and never left my big wheel out ever again.

    ~Janet

  2. nobody special says:

    Saw your blog earlier today, then this came across my twitter feed just a moment ago. Though you seem to be well practiced in forgiveness, I thought I’d share anyway. Not a bad way to spend a few minutes today, for any of us:
    http://www.tricycle.com/blog/forgiveness-meditation-instruction

  3. Tashmica says:

    The other day a man asked me for change, anything I had, to help him put gas in his car. About 10 minutes later he sped off in his car, past the gas station on the corner and kept going. I am so glad that my acts of charity cannot be diminished by the selfish acts of others. I love this post and I am a big fan of Mother Theresa, her insights and her doubts. I think she was a great example of proactive human transformation over time. See you soon B!!

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