Expectations: I heard once that a woman was expected to become a Hindu in order to continue with the man she loved. She was a Buddhist and her whole life she had practiced Buddhism with all of her heart.
This expectation that was put upon her nearly killed the beautiful diamond soul she carried within her. Knowing she would have to chose between her love or her beliefs was almost too much for her to bear.
Friends that had seen the Tibetan spirit within her began to grow concerned as they watched the beauty within her fade. She was like a flower that had been refused sunlight. She had become a fish that was refused water. Something within her had died as she felt her heart break yet again.
Her beliefs meant more to her than nearly anything else. It was cruel of this man to ask her to change her beliefs for him. The cruelty was too much for her and her friends as they watched precious life drain out of her soul.
She had stopped going to the monastery, she had stopped meditating and she even put her Buddha in a box: hidden from her own heart.
You can never hide who you truly are. You cannot run from who you really are. Your life has a purpose and your heart is driven towards a special something that makes your personality an intriguing jewel that attracts others to you.
When you put an expectation on someone to not be themselves, you tear them apart. You ask someone to do something that against their morality, or their passions; then you do not love that person for who they are. It is not easy to accept differences. We live in a world where differences mean something is not right. In order to fit in with the crowd we must have something in common with the crowd.
I will tell you what we have in common. Our blood runs red and we are human beings. The rest should fall away and not matter.
Compassion should be the rule we live by. We might not be able to change the whole world but with one act of compassion. We can change one person’s world. Except that person for the beautiful being they are.
The young woman realized her life was headed in the wrong direction as her passion died within her. She became someone she did not even recognize in the mirror. She was depressed and finally she snapped out of it.
Strength from within her rose up and fought to stay alive. Life flowed from her fingertips as she embraced the Buddha she had hidden away. Out loud she spoke to no one in particular. “No I will not walk away from you. I will not put aside everything I believe in for a man who does not love me.”
With more strength then she had ever known before she stood upright and walked with her head held high. She even went out to buy a Buddha necklace to wear around her heart, so all her beliefs would remain close to her heart. As she put the necklace around her neck she whispered, “Forever.”