With the run up to Christmas we could certainly use all the peace and tranquillity we can get. It can be a stressful time, especially if we’re the one doing all the shopping, cooking, entertaining, etc.
In using the precepts we set our intention to stay with them just for today.
This week we’re looking at honesty and gratitude.
Precept #3: Just for today, I will do my work honestly and give thanks for my many blessings
I personally don’t think this precept is about being honest in how we earn our living, or when we are at work, but more about how we live our lives on a day to day basis. Honesty brings truth into everything and all relationships.
Do you consider yourself as an honest person? I’m sure most of us do. But whilst we can probably say that we have never committed a crime or cheated on another, how many of us can deny the odd little ‘white lie’? Yes, all done with the best of intentions but it’s still not quite the truth. We may tell a friend that their bum doesn’t look big in that dress, when in reality it does. We don’t have to be brutal with our honesty, but wouldn’t it have been better to suggest another dress may suit her more and help her to look her best?
When we start to live our lives with honesty and integrity, life becomes easier.
Similarly, when we start to count our blessings and are grateful for what we have, we start to feel better about life in general. Move our focus away from what we lack or what we want, and life starts to become easier.
At this time of year it’s all too easy to forget what we’re grateful for. We’re probably so busy moaning about all that we have to do, about who we have to spend Christmas with, about the amount of money it will cost, and so on. But take a moment to feel grateful that you have friends and family in your life and that you are able to spend time with them.
Think of at least five things in your life to be grateful for. When you start being thankful for one thing, you will easily find many more. Adopt an Attitude of Gratitude – you will be surprised at how much happier you will be.
This is one precept that doesn’t take too much effort to achieve.
We’ll be back next week with Precept number 4.