Hello. This is The Daily Bone and I'm your humble doggie host Chester L. W. Stephens.
This is the Christmas Holiday Season. Merry Christmas! It seems many people around the world, and in our own country are offended by this simple and kind greeting. It's hoping you have a cheerful time on a certain day. What in the world is wrong with that? Pile that on top of all the other terrible things that are going on in this world right now. Although I have said many times, my doggie mind cannot comprehend human religion, I can still comment on what I see.
Humans around the world celebrate or observe a number of different holidays (or holy days) Hanukkah, Diwali, New Year, Yule, etc. The basic message is thankfulness and celebration for what you have, honor for your beliefs and supreme being, and a pledge to become a better and more moral person.
Over the last several months my ghostwriter has been taking pictures of our garden Buddha. This is a little ceramic statue of a fat, laughing Buddha who is jolly and happy with whatever weather comes his way. My ghostwriter and I paired up a few of these pictures with some sayings by the Dalai Lama that we think are appropriate for these troubled times. They have sort of a universal meaning regardless of religion.
|Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.|
|Our prime purpose in life is to help others. And if you can't help them, at least don't hurt them.|
|All major religions carry basically the same message, that is love, compassion and forgiveness.|
|If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.|
|Whether one believes in a religion or not, and whether one believes in rebirth or not, |
there isn't anyone who doesn't appreciate kindness and compassion.
|A truly compassionate attitude towards others does not change even if they behave negatively or hurt you.|
My ghostwriter has a saying: holy war is an oxymoron. Think about it.
|Kindness is always possible, right?|
Have a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!