What I learned in the summer camp first time

By Allie Quac

When I first heard that I would be attending camp, of course I was excited about getting the chance to learn more about my religion. But honestly, I didn’t have many high expectations. As someone coming from Virginia I was worried I wouldn’t be able to find friends and really had no idea what was going to happen, but in the end it all ended well. I have made many great friends I have met many amazing people and the affect they had on me will last forever.

I believe that the experience and the knowledge I have gained will stick with me for the rest of my life. They are irreplaceable lessons.

One of the first lessons that I learned Regards our intentions and our actions, the theme of this year’s camp.

I have been taught many lessons and it has allowed my mind to blossom in so many ways. Ever since I was young I always thought why was I me? Why was I born as me and have the mind I have when there are so many others I could’ve been born as. Why was I this person when for all I know I could’ve been born on a different planet unknown to our world. But now I realized that I have my reason for being here and I must have some purpose. As you have yours. But this experience has given me insights to the answer to all the questions I have been asking. Karma, the three poisons. I believe that I am incredibly lucky for being given the chance to be here in this moment giving this speech in front of all you and it must’ve been because I did something good in my past life because if I had decided to come a year later my experience would’ve been different.

Another thing that I will definitely take away from this experience. So…

I will admit that there were people I don’t necessarily love but you didn’t hate them, in the society we live in it isn’t uncommon to judge and have opinions. I guess you could say it’s a part of human nature. Not that everyone is but this camp has really made me re think and reconsider. I have to be mindful of my decisions and my reason behind I reason behind it. Because of the lessons I went through I now hold no negative feelings in my heart. After reconsidering I realize that greed selfishness and delusion does reside in me. It is a truth and as I have learned (from my counselors) and that’s a reason why we’re here. I’m working to fix myself. I am not perfect, you are not perfect, but there is no definition of perfect or imperfect just as there is no definition of pretty and ugly. It’s all a state of mind and perspective or what we may call delusion.

But my heart will only grow bigger and I will continue to follow through and continue to purify myself of greed delusion and hatred.

But also, in my ideal world so believe that if everyone was mindful of each other’s way of expressions, action, and speech we would live in a peaceful world where no violence would be needed to communicate and discuss solutions to problems. And I know that is a far away a dream that may never be accomplished in this life, but I believe Our actions are what leads us along our path in life. While I still have this platform, I want to give everyone hope and confidence that we all have our special talents and things we are good at. There will always be people that are better than you, but that just means we have to continue on working in those weaknesses till they become our strengths. I’m glad I was given the chance to attend this camp and if I could I would love to come back.

Thank you

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