Believing in Others
In Buddhism, there is the understanding that we are all essentially good people. Our basic nature is to be compassionate. Even if we believe this to be true of ourselves, difficulty arises when we forget to believe this to be true of others as well. I have found that life often presents us with circumstances that tempt us to give in to the idea that some people are just ill-natured. In any given day, we are given multiple opportunities to exercise this belief. Whether it is the impatient driver on the highway, the co-worker who rubs you the wrong way, the friend or partner that seems frustrated. They are all moments for us to recommit to the idea of our basic goodness. And to know that when others diverge from that nature, it is because they are human. We all have our insecurities, our vulnerabilities that at times can shadow the softer, more compassionate side. But the more we can give people the benefit of our doubts, the more we can entrust them with this compassionate nature, the more likely that they will find space to soften and to return when they are led astray. For me, this basic belief challenges me to believe in the greater good. To believe that more than anything, people desire good in themselves, as well as good in and for others.