In the end, the only way you can appreciate your progress is to stand on the edge of the hole you dug for yourself, look down inside it, and smile fondly at the bloody claw prints that marked your journey up the walls. Ryan Holiday, Ego is the Enemy
Pick a tree. Now, look at it. Really look at it. Imagine being it. Imagine being a tiny acorn, a lifetime of potential encased in its shell. Imagine sprouting. Growing. Evolving. Imagine doing so effortlessly, without struggle or exertion. It is just you…unfolding. Every time you see a tree, trust this. Trust that you, too, are unfolding. Trust that you, too, are becoming who you are. Trust that your struggles are just growing pains, plus the occasional thunderstorm. Breathe. Trust. Unfold.
When I moved from one house to another there were many things I had no room for. What does one do? I rented a storage space. and filled it. Years passed. Occasionally I went there and looked in, but nothing happened, not a single twinge of the heart. As I grew older the things I cared about grew fewer, but were more important. So one day I undid the lock and called the trash man. He took everything. I felt like the little donkey when his burden is finally lifted. Things! Burn… Read More
[E]verything you ask and pray for, believe that you have it already, and it will be yours. And when you stand in prayer, forgive whatever you have against anybody, so that your Father in heaven may forgive your failings too. –MARK 11:24-25 “[B]elieve that you have it already, and it will be yours.” This line appears ad nauseam in almost all self-help/New Age literature. Very rarely, however, does anyone cite what follows: “And when you stand in prayer, forgive whatever you have against anybody, so that your Father in heaven may forgive your… Read More
Commit yourself to riding the currents every day, until the skill becomes an integrated part of you. –Derek Lin, The Tao of Happiness: Stories from Chuang Tzu for Your Spiritual Journey Forward Motion Move forward. Generate momentum. Find the path of least resistance…. Read More