WHEN I WAS YOUNG - I longed to know THE RIGHT ANSWER - about everything:
love, religion, career, where to live, how to feel, which path to take . . .
NOW I REALIZE - the answers must become our own answers as we grow and learn -
rather than those of society, family or institutions.
When I LOOK BACK I get a glimpse of the future - with it's precictabe opposites:
Pain and pleasure, confusion and clarity, courage and cowardice, strength and weakness, joy and sorrow ~
It turns out that ALL OF LIFE with its despair, its passion, its hope -
is predictably changing,
predictably complicated, and predictably hopeful . . .
YOU CAN COUNT ON IT
The ambiguous gift of CHOICE let's us make mistakes, succeed, fail, and almost always offers gifts of grace and guidance when we need them most.
In my life there has been
a 'pull thread' that gets me back on track even when I slip off into unexpected byways.
Each byway seems custom-made to teach me necessary lessons - to help me become 'whole' - to live out my own destiny.
Just when I think my bundle of troubles will last forever - I hear a loving word, meet an exciting person, read a pearl of wisdom ~
AND LIFE SPIRALS UP AGAIN. I SURVIVE.
Psychiatrist Carl Jung said that if we can hold the tension between opposite choices, decisions, or views - a third possibility will often occur that is better than either of the other choices!-
In the sixth century B.C. Chinese philosopher, LAO TZU, wrote: