What do a barista, a stranger on the bus, a teacher, a lawyer and a designer all have in common?
They can all be practicing virtue.
They can be patient, generous, compassionate and kind. They can act fairly, justly, without bias or discrimination. They can share insight and experience, share tidbits of wisdom and joy.
When we interact with those whose path is one of all-embracing virtue, we encounter a certain honesty and truthfulness. It feels right, genuine.
They often have a freedom and joy about them. They exhibit a natural grace and ease, a sense of lightheartedness.
As they move through the world, every encounter is one of mutual sharing and exchange. There is a directness free from the baggage of strong emotions, projections or bias. They interact with others in a way that the chains of confusion are broken and the cycle of anger is interrupted, even if only for a moment.
So how do we carry that virtue into our lives?
Say yes to whatever is coming up.
You could be faced with a problem that you would rather not deal with. Opportunities could present themselves, do you take them or not? A stranger might ask you something, or maybe a friend. You will have to interact with someone you really don't like that much.
Don't push it away. Don't get overly excited and enraptured by it. Say yes, acknowledge it, and see where it leads.
Be willing to interact with things as they are.
Some things play themselves out, unravel and wither away. Some evolve and open up into something else altogether.
The play of interdependence is beyond the mind. We can't say for certain what will happen. Our own decisions, connections and propensities create a world that is uniquely our own. It can be challenging to carry that experience into the world around us to effect change, make a difference or to benefit others.
Simply engaging in the formless practice of all-embracing virtue,
we can meet with the world and our experience as it is,
and bring about benefit in ways that we could have never imagined.
That is how all-embracing virtue creates inconceivable benefit.