In my daily life, I often feel caught up in a whirlwind of constant activity and noise. I cherish God, my health, mind, strength, purpose, and the ability to positively impact others’ lives. However, I sometimes find myself evaluating my achievements based on who I have helped and where I have fallen short.
And for as long as I can remember, I have harbored a desire to live among the monks in Tibet, drawn to the idea that I would experience true tranquility and it would allow my body physically and mentally to be at ultimate peace.
Tibet, an ancient and culturally vibrant region within China, is renowned as “the roof of the world.” Here, values like reflection, mindfulness, and inner peace take precedence over the hustle of urban life and material pursuits. The remote mountains, serene monasteries, and profound connection with nature in Tibet symbolize an embodiment of peace.
At a retirement party, I met a gentleman whose warm presence resonated with me. I mentioned my dream of finding ultimate peace among the monks in Tibet, a casual notion I’ve shared before. Unlike most responses I had received, his reply was different. He said, “you can find that here.” My response to him was “sure I guess at the beach.” It stayed with me and I continued to think of him and ponder his words. Even though thankful, I might be overlooking the peace and fulfillment present in my current life.
Reflecting further, I considered the people and activities that bring me joy. I have so many blessings in my village. I began to see that my Tibet was in me and not a distant place. Though it sounded a little cliche like in the Wizard of Oz when the wizard told Dorothy the same thing. And Dorothy said “If I ever go looking for my heart’s desire again, I won’t look any further than my own backyard.” That is how I felt, with a desire even more to design my life without limitations.
Now, whether I am with a patient or stuck in traffic, I breathe the words “This is my Tibet,” and I get that warm smile you feel throughout your body. I have my Tibet in me. We all do. In pain or joy, we can have that peace and richness.
Attending that retirement party, where a chance encounter left a mark that can never be removed, was almost missed. Although the gentleman may never know the depth of his influence on me, his words gifted me a newfound perspective—a realization that I carry with me, and one that brings a smile to my face whenever I acknowledge, “This is my Tibet.”
It is easy to go down the rabbit hole of past mistakes or unfortunate events, and to feel unsatisfied with life’s expectations. Remember, your journey shapes you, and by being your best friend, you might discover a sense of joy that permeates your being. Those haunting dreams can be resolved, and your unwavering passion for love remains constant.