You have a choice as a South Asian woman

You have a choice as a South Asian woman

You may have heard that your choices determine your reality.

Always under any circumstance you have a choice how to react, respond or what meaning to give to your situation.

At the end of the day, no matter what situation we are in, we have a choice.

A tale is told about the Buddha, Gautama (563-483BC), the Indian prince and spiritual leader whose teachings founded Buddhism. This short story illustrates that every one of us has the choice whether or not to take personal offense from another person’s behavior.

It is said that on an occasion when the Buddha was teaching a group of people, he found himself on the receiving end of a fierce outburst of abuse from a bystander, who was for some reason very angry.

The Buddha listened patiently while the stranger vented his rage, and then the Buddha said to the group and to the stranger, “If someone gives a gift to another person, who then chooses to decline it, tell me, who would then own the gift? The giver or the person who refuses to accept the gift?”

“The giver,” said the group after a little thought. “Any fool can see that,” added the angry stranger.

You have a choice as a South Asian women because under any extraneous circumstance even in holocaust people created and kept their choices.

 “Then it follows, does it not,” said the Buddha, “Whenever a person tries to abuse us, or to unload their anger on us, we can each choose to decline or to accept the abuse; whether to make it ours or not. By our personal response to the abuse from another, we can choose who owns and keeps the bad feelings.”  – Author Unknown

This is an open dialogue about having a choice as a South Asian woman.


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