To vow for life: not to compromise our faith, our virtue, or our goodness – even in a moment of terror – is a powerful spiritual ally. Not cowering nor retaliating even in a hopeless-feeling-moment, we learn to stay present with compassion and kindness. As long as we remember to keep the practice alive within, we will have the stamina to grow in generosity, equanimity, and wisdom. So, at all times, make good-will the mantra of your heart. A talk given at Insight Meditation Society, Massachusetts, USA in 2019.