Saturday, January 13

“It is better to perform one’s own duties imperfectly than to master the duties of another.”
— Bhagavad Gita

Today’s Excerpt:

Everything Has a Purpose
The Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh (often pronounced “Tick-not-han”) writes, “Everything relies on everything else in the cosmos in order to manifest — whether a star, a cloud, a flower, a tree, or you and me.” Each thing plays its part, like an orchestra. The flower is no less important than the cloud. It all works together.

Similarly, your body also has many parts that work together to make you who you are. The Christian Apostle Paul writes about the way that all the different parts of the body work together. He writes, “The body does not consist of one member but of many. If the foot would say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. And if the ear would say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would the hearing be? If the whole body were hearing, where would the sense of smell be?”

Discuss:

  • What other systems depend on the individual parts working together to function successfully? (The water cycle, the circle of life, bees and flowers, etc.)

THIS WEEK’S LESSON

Strengths