today's cookie fortune puts me in mind of one of my favorite ram dass sayings:
“It is important to expect nothing,
to take every experience,
including the negative ones,
as merely steps on the path,
and to proceed.”
with the most important line being the last one, "...and to proceed." all too often, when i find myself succumbing to a negative attitude or thought, i find myself shutting down in response. i think a lot of us do this. we become overwhelmed by the negative emotion and simple stop. everything. for me, this means i stop communicating. stop putting things away. stop doing anything i don't absolutely have to do because of iron-clad commitments. i must not shut down, but must continue to tread down the path of my life and to look within for strength and wisdom.
looking...indeed, seeing...within, changes one's outer vision and the world becomes a gentler place. this may not come without suffering. in fact, it is most certain that some form of suffering will be found along the trail. but, as anaïs nin tells us, "there came a time when the risk to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom." and we must look closely within to discover this time in our own personal cycles. however, the reward is freedom and authenticity. two very worthy rewards...