2. Don’t confuse your beliefs with others’ beliefs
If you have never committed to your beliefs, you would know that everything we don’t know how to control will control us, but if we can control our beliefs, we can change ourselves and help others. Thich Quang Duc, a Vietnamese Mahayana Buddhist, set himself on fire in the middle of the road in 1963 to stand up for not just his beliefs but for others to have religious equality. As he was burning, he sat on the road peacefully and let it happen. This self-immolation changed the lives of Buddhists forever. They got what they wanted—religious equality.
Whether our belief is spiritual or not, we must have/fight for our own beliefs. Our sacrifice and courage don’t go in vain when we execute and express them. If you’re willing to spend life without your own beliefs, you’ll spend time chasing other people’s beliefs that they wish to impose on you. Most of you are still taking orders you don’t want to take, whether they are from friends, bosses, parents, or others.
During our lifetime, we were taught to follow what was imposed upon us, so that we no longer know how it feels to be in our own shoes. Our greatness is cut short. We are being exploited by the people who imposed their beliefs on us. The ability to change ourselves is through the power of choice, and giving it away to be less than we’re supposed to be is to not love ourselves.
We are more powerful than we think, and we must use our power to rebel against other beliefs so as to follow our dreams. We can’t give to others what we have because all they want is to compound what they already have. This will lead you to have negative feelings for yourself, while their equity grows.
How many of you follow your beliefs?