This blog is now nearing 2 years of activity, which at times may seem hard to believe. One of the challenges I think many people encounter who maintain a blog is having the correct motivation and continually being inspired, so that the blog continues to live on. In a way, its similar to embarking in a new relationship. In the beginning, everything can be really exciting and new. In order for that relationship to continue, those feelings of excitement have to eventually be replaced with feelings of caring and love.
During these two years, many people have left many wonderful comments on the posts and people have also left more private comments through the feedback form, expressing how some of the content on this blog has been useful. As long as this blog provides some benefit to someone, somewhere, I’ll try my best to continue to engage it.
As an interesting note, the blog statistics show that over the past couple 6 months, there have been visitors from over 138 countries, represented below:
|Republic of Korea||58|
|United Arab Emirates||30|
|Trinidad and Tobago||28|
|Macedonia, the Former Yugoslav Republic||12|
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||4|
|Saint Kitts and Nevis||2|
|Saint Vincent and the Grenadines||2|
|Palestinian Territory, Occupied||2|
|Turks and Caicos Islands||1|
|Lao People’s Democratic Republic||1|
|United Republic of Tanzania||1|
|Isle of Man||1|
Below is a map of the world, showing where visitors are coming from:
Bonds That Link Everyone
Even though most of the visitors I’ve never met, and will likely never meet in this lifetime, I’m led to believe that one thing that has lead everyone to gather in this little space on the internet is the pursuit of lasting happiness and the lessening and removal of suffering.
While I understand that long after people have left this site, people will have returned to their normal lives, and continue to live in their practice, in whichever way or form that may manifest. My hope is that, not through my own efforts, but through the efforts of each individual person, that everyone can move into their daily lives and make their world and world’s of those around them a better place.
One thing that come’s to mind is something that Lama Zopa once commented, regarding how our practice affects the rest of the world. If we make a conscious effort not to harm others, if we meet 200 people during the day, by minding our practice and not harming those 200 people, we’ve already created 200 less problems in the world.
Even though I’m not really a person qualified to say this, I’d like to say thank you ,in behalf of the world, for your ongoing curiosity, diligence, and effort towards inner and outer peace.