Change is good

by admin on June 21, 2011

“Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.” – The Dalai Lama

What could I possibly have in common with the Dalai Lama?

I asked myself this question recently as I watched a news segment detailing his retirement*. After all, I reasoned, the man is entirely unique. He was plucked from his small Tibetan village at the age of two, recognized as the 13th incarnation of the Dalai Lama and has accomplished so much in his 76 years that, like most people, I’m utterly humbled by him. But as he appeared on my television screen and I heard him speak, I was struck by how… NORMAL he sounded.

Now, don’t get me wrong. His persona is awe-inspiring. And it goes without saying he’s incredibly wise. But, along with that, he seems surprisingly down to earth. And, as it turns out, progressive as well.

His recent decision to relinquish his role as leader of the Tibetan movement is unprecedented. (Traditionally, the Dalai Lama holds this post for life.) He made this decision primarily for the good of his people, but personal reasons also played an important part. After holding the same position for more than six decades, he needed a change.

I can totally relate to that. In fact, we all can.

The details will vary with each of us. Career. Relationships. Family. Locale. Eating habits. General outlook. But when we hear that little voice inside us that tells us a change is in order, and when we possess the courage to go for it, we open ourselves up to new possibilities. In fact, we may accomplish more than we could have otherwise.

This courage stems from a mix of desire and hope, and it exists within all of us.

So whether you’re a well-known spiritual leader or just a regular person, one thing is clear: Change can be good.

*He isn’t retiring completely. He will continue to spread his message of hope and compassion across the globe.