February 2 – from SGI President Daisaku Ikeda
Because life is long, you should not be impatient. What matters most is that you embrace the Gohonzon throughout your life. It is vitally important to continually challenge yourself to chant even a little more daimoku and to pray before the Gohonzon for the fulfillment of your desires.
I read this encouragement a second and third time because the first sentence seemed odd to me. What did impatience have to do with the Gohonzon and daily practice?
Then I thought about all the different things I’ve chanted about over the years: clarity, rent money, understanding, wisdom, relationships… While sometimes my mind was engaged and clear, sometimes I was almost commanding the universe and my life to produce an immediate result. That usually doesn’t work.
Now that I know better, I just need to take my practice one day at a time, enjoying each minute I sit before the Gohonzon and look into my own life. My desires no longer are just about money or status, but now I desire the wisdom and courage to create more value in my life.
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