Benjamin Lee Silver - Champion
As I write this, my son Ben (who just turned 23 on Sunday) is in the hospital and very sick - but he's ALIVE - so I have hope!
When I look at this picture I see Ben's Championship essence.
This picture was taken in 2009 after Ben won the St.Charles Leavy Invitational Cross Country race during his senior year of high school. When he crossed the finish line you couldn't even SEE the closest competitor behind him. He was that far ahead.
Right now, in the hospital, he doesn't feel like a champion. And we are all helping him fight to get back to himself.
I am chanting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo and roaring like the lion I am! I chant with strong faith everyday, and Soka Gakkai members all over the world are chanting for Ben. Thank you with all my heart...my heart as a mother.
I am also chanting for you, and for all of us to overcome our own challenges and shine like bright beacons of hope for all who are suffering.
This morning before chanting, I picked up the World Tribune and felt that Daisaku Ikeda had written the following words just for me, and for all of us who are forging our lives through faith. Right now the heat is extreme for many of us...but we will come out of it stronger, more golden, more inspired than ever before.
I offer you these words from our mentor, Daisaku Ikeda, to help you overcome whatever you are facing today:
"The brilliant physicist, Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955) once said, "There is only one road to human greatness: the road through suffering." This is a profound insight. I have endured attacks and persecution for decades. My life has been a continuous series of trying obstacles.
Leonardo ca Vinci (1452-1519), the great Italian Renaissance artist, writer and inventor, wrote in one of his notebooks, "Bars of gold are refined in fire." And, on another occasion, he observed, "No perfect talent without great suffering." He is saying that without experiencing various tests and trials, one cannot become a fine human being and realize one's full potential. The lives of Soka Gakkai presidents Tsunesaburo Makiguchi and Josei Toda attest to these words. My life was also forged through countless hardships. I was thoroughly trained by Mr. Toda, and I have overcome numerous momentous challenges. And that is also why the Soka Gakkai now spans the globe.
It is by overcoming difficulties
that one becomes a Buddha.
To a Buddhist, difficulties are an honor. "
Daisaku Ikeda, World Tribune,
November 14th, 2014, page 4.
Let's all forge on ahead, with hope lighting our hearts - no matter what we are facing! Yesterday was Thanksgiving here in the states...heralding the start of the "Holiday Season" when golden twinkly lights appear all over, and in the midst of cold weather, our hearts shine on. Sending you love from the Chicago area, and the hope that you never give up - no matter what.