A Handy Reminder
The following comes from Nakamura Tempū’s Verses for Recitation, a little black book designed to fit in a shirt pocket. The title translates more literally as “A Maxim to be Kept Close at Hand” (座右箴言); I have chosen to call it simply “A Handy Reminder.”
No longer will I harbor fear of anything. As Universal Truth does not accommodate incompletion, everything in this world and all of human existence is ever already whole and perfect.
Indeed, so long as I remain true to my faith in this Truth, my endeavors will always be fulfilled. And so, from today, regardless of circumstances, never, not even for an instant, will I even dream of allowing negative or pessimistic sentences to pass my lips, much less act upon them. I shall not compromise the optimism and positivity of my attitude but shall fill my mind with thoughts of strength, truth, goodness, and beauty.
Even if my body becomes ill, I will not allow that illness to afflict my mind. Even if beset by misfortune, I will not allow my mind to be troubled. Indeed, I shall cultivate such mental fortitude as to enjoy times of difficulty.
In that what connects me directly with the divine is the mind, I solemnly promise myself never to contaminate that mind with falsehood and negativity.