The following quote is taken from 'Heart Advice, Weekly Quotes From Pema Chodron'.
OUR RESPONSIBILITY TO OPEN
"These days the world really needs people who are willing to let their hearts,
their bodhicitta, ripen.
There's such widespread devastation and suffering:
people are being run over by tanks or their houses are being blown up
or soldiers are knocking on their doors in the middle of the night
and taking them away and torturing them and killing their children and their loved ones.
People are starving. It's a hard time.
We who are living in the lap of luxury with our pitiful little psychological problems
have a tremendous responsibility
to let our clarity and our heart, our warmth, and our ability ripen,
to open up and let go, because it's so contagious."