Buddhist Prayer of Peace
May I become at all times, both now and forever, a protector for those without protection, a guide for those who have lost their way, a ship for those with oceans to cross, a bridge for those with rivers to cross, a sanctuary for those in danger, a lamp for those without light, a place of refuge for those who lack shelter, and a servant to all in need.
Perfect! I brought my binder of prayers to my work meeting. The stress of today is a change. Change upsets everyone. Some in a good way, most in a bad way.
There are oceans and rivers to cross. What should I be? A bridge, a ship. Reading it this morning, in the meeting, I could see it. The change should be easier on everyone because I am here.
That sounds self-centered and prideful, but I am in a unique position to help things go well. To help. The outcome is not in my hands, but the way I conduct myself on the journey is. And my conduct could, in a small way, actually change things.
That’s so nice and clear. But the predicament isn’t. If the change is a bad one, I think I’m called to work against it. If the change is a good one, I think I’m called to help it succeed. I am often quite mistaken about what’s good and what’s bad here. And just now, I really don’t know.