A Note on Language

A Note on Language
from P. R. Lowe:
I found resonance in the quote below, yet felt uncomfortable with some of the languaging: a personal thing – no reflection on it’s author or the message it contains. In fact I liked it enough to include it here, but to sooth my own psyche and before I could pass it on in good conscience, I took the liberty of printing below it a version that felt better to me, partly because this is what this blog is about –– words and the power they contain— and more importantly, the message that there are those, other than people, that matter and are a vast and integral part of this beautiful sphere we all inhabit; thus to bring joy or ease of suffering, even if it is to right an over-turned turtle in your path, is indeed a small work and a step toward true freedom from feeling powerless.

The quote:
If we just worry about the big picture, we are powerless. So my secret is to start right away doing whatever little work I can do. I try to give joy to one person in the morning, and remove the suffering
of one person in the afternoon. If you and your friends do not despise the small work, a million people
will remove a lot of suffering. _S Chan Khong

With modifications in parenthesis:
If we just worry about the big picture, we may seem powerless. So my secret is to start right away doing whatever work I can do. I give joy to one living thing in the morning, and remove the suffering
of one living thing in the afternoon. If you and others do not disdain the small work, a million of us will remove a lot of suffering and bring more joy in every moment of every day.
_S Chan Khong {Respectfully re- languaged and shared by P. R. Lowe}

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