Posted in Asia, Pilgrim's journey, Psychology

Noble Peace and the Softening of Ambition

You can’t go to Burma without seeing photos of Aung San Suu Kyi adorning the walls of almost every business establishment. Her elegant, smiling face is everywhere, and it is clear that this lady has won the hearts of the Burmese.

About a week before I left for Yangon, I came across this article in the BBC, where Suu Kyi shares some of her personal struggles. What strikes me most about her story, is this: she did nothing but wait– for 20 years– for her star to rise. She stated her truth and waited.

So often, I feel cheated if I state my truth and a response is not forthcoming–immediately! I beat myself up if I don’t accomplish what I set out to do within a time frame that seems reasonable to me. And if the results are not attained soon enough, then I question my method, or I question myself.

But does one really need ambition in order to achieve great things?

Suu Kyi’s steady perserverance– doing nothing but waiting quietly for her wisdom to be appreciated by the world–won her a Nobel Prize. I wonder why I ever doubt the power of patience?

monk statues at Schwedagon Pagoda, Yangon

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Hi, I'm Kim Roberts. I'm a Contemplative Psychotherapist, teacher and author who shares creative practices that will transform your life. I'm also an artist. I share practical skills to train the mind, manage emotions and maintain mental health.

3 thoughts on “Noble Peace and the Softening of Ambition

  1. Thank you, Kim, for the lovely reminder about patience. It’s being in this moment, living our truth, where the future seeds of grace are indeed planted.

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