I’m listening to CBC Radio 90.7 Mornings with Raina Douris. She is doing an intro for singer, songwriter Garrett Kato, sharing how he had received a piece from a friend by the Dalai Lama about not giving up. He hung it on his wall and it helped to guide him to keep going.
It would inspire his work, “River Mouth”
“River Mouth is about acceptance for the people around you and the changes in life. Finding beauty in the struggle and success in the long journey.” – Garrett Kato
“Pay my respects to my enemies, for they made me who I’m meant to be.”
Sometimes it’s hard to not give up. Sometimes you just want to drop it all. Compassion can be hard to muster, your heart gets hurt, too much crazy is happening, too much nasty, way too much thoughtlessness.
Every day Ellen DeGeneres, says, “Be kind to one other.” But there are those days, you just want to say, “Screw it, what for, what does it give you?” “People continue to hurt each other.”
But something in me knows and whispers to me to hang in there, we need to keep going. To keep smiling, to keep rising up, to keep caring, to reaching out to each other, to believing in goodness.
Do not give up on you. Do not give up on each other.
So find a prose to hang on your wall to remind you, a song that brings you back, a phrase to recite. Find something to lift you up.
I prefer, “Illegitimi non carborundum.” A mock-Latin aphorism for, “Don’t let the bastards grind you down.” I keep it under my desk pad, right there by my keyboard.
Hang in there, my friends, never give up, no matter what is happening.
Be true, be good, be kind.
The world needs us.
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