"Remember that you are just a a visitor here, a traveler passing through.
Your stay is but short and the moment of your departure unknown, so speak quietly and kindly and be not forward with either opinions or advice.
If you talk much, this will make you deaf to what others say, and you should know that there are few so wise that they cannot learn from others.
Be near when help is needed, but far when praise and thanks are being offered.
Take small account of might, wealth and fame, for they soon pass and are forgotten.
Instead, nurture love within you and strive to be a friend to all. Truly, compassion is a balm for many wounds.
Treasure silence when you find it, and while being mindful of your duties, set time aside to be alone with yourself.
Cast off pretense and self-deception and see yourself as you really are."
A selection from The Dhammavadaka by Bhanti Dhammika
Susan Kain is a Registered Yoga Teacher, Pilates instructor and a Certified Personal Trainer with classes for toddlers to senior citizens.