One’s perspective of our world today carries a lot of weight—arguably, all the weight. As I sit in my room today (as I have done for the past twenty-five days), I feel troubled. I am beginning to become antsy. I want to go out and see the world, but I also want and need my world to heal. I know I am not alone in these feelings, but that doesn’t necessarily resolve my emotions. When reading Śāntideva’s sixth chapter of the Bodhicaryāvatāra, I found a new perspective and method to addressing my emotions.
 Beggars are easy to find in this world but those who will
cause harm are not because if I do no wrong, no one
I situate this verse within my own dilemma. Problems—like beggars—are easy to identify in my world (stuck inside, tired of house chores, etc.), but they do not necessarily cause harm. Rather, I situate them as the enemy. I become frustrated with them and arguably, attached to them. Therefore, I inflict the “wrong” upon myself. If I can begin to frame today’s events or even my frustrations in a more positive light, I will no longer be wronged. For instance, I should not resent the fact that I have been inside for 25 days; rather, I should value this experience. I am lucky to be able to be inside. I should be grateful for my situation.
Furthermore, I should not identify these problems as obstacles (verse 104); rather, I should recognize each issue as an opportunity to better myself and arguably my situation. For example, I should look upon my room as my new sanctuary—perhaps, some spring cleaning is in order.
As the current pandemic ensues within the US and the world, I need to be able to identify the origin of my frustrations and reconcile with the pain inflicted by my “wrong” perspective.