• We need to look at suffering as a whole instead of in parts. We need to look at the big picture of suffering (which we are a part of), instead of isolated incidents that cause suffering (which we are often not a part of). When we look at a war somewhere in the world or at someone else's tragedy, the suffering involved feels out of our control. We feel powerless to the suffering in the world because the problem is over there and we are over here. But when we consider suffering as a whole, suddenly we are not powerless to it and we can make an impact. Our lives can become a vow to reduce suffering in the world. How do we reduce suffering? By opening the door for a stranger, by offering someone a smile, by petting a dog, by encouraging each other, by looking for and creating beauty in the world.


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