A very generous Nepalese man I met while trekking in Langtang Valley welcomed me to his home in Kathmandu. I gratefully accepted the opportunity to become more intimate with the locals. Over a cup of tea we talked and he shared with me his views on compassion, which strung a chord in my heart that I can still feel humming inside. This is what he said:
“When a fly bangs at a window to get out, one simply has to open the window to let it pass, yet people swat at it and kill it instead.”
-Chhimi Lama (Kathmandu, Nepal, December 2017)
All it takes is simple acts of kindness to transform the way we live and allow others to live freely.