do not force their way with great strife.
Flowers open to
perfection slowly in the sun. . . .
Don't be in a hurry about
Go step by step, and be very sure.
it's nice to remind ourselves that we can step aside from
the frantic and frenetic pace of modern life and take a
deep breath and just enjoy the moment, whichever moment it
happens to be. It's good to remind ourselves that we
are spiritual beings, and that all that we're going
through in this lifetime is a very small piece of
eternity. Others might want or expect us to keep up
the harried pace with them, but if we truly wish to
develop our spiritual sides--the truest part of
ourselves--then we must respect and revere life with
patience and calmness.
you ever seen a stressed-out mother trying to cope with
her children? What kinds of messages does she send
to her kids when she's lost her patience and tolerance and
ability to simply be there? Likewise, what kinds of
messages do you send yourself when you don't allow
yourself time to grow and develop, when your expectations
of yourself are unrealistically high, when you're so
stressed out that you can't treat yourself in a calm and
knows the pace that's best. Flowers and trees and
bushes don't hurry to bloom--they bloom when they're
I were to ask myself how I would prefer to
grow--frantically and rushed, or calm and relaxed--then
the answer would be very simple. I would like to
grow as a flower grows, without hurry and without worry,
following the lead that the sun provides me, growing
surely in the beauty of its light.
Are you usually in a hurry to get things done, or are
you able to relax and let things take care of themselves
in their own time?
What would happen if a flower were to open before it
Do you separate your spiritual matters from the other
matters in your life?
Lesson in Patience
I remembered one morning when I
discovered a cocoon in the bark of a tree, just as the
butterfly was making a hole in its case and preparing to
come out. I waited a while, but it was too long appearing
and I was impatient. I bent over it and breathed on it to
warm it. I warmed it as quickly as I could and the
miracle began to happen before my eyes, faster than life. The case opened, the butterfly started slowly crawling
out and I shall never forget my horror when I saw how its
wings were folded back and crumpled; the wretched
butterfly tried with its whole trembling body to unfold
them. Bending over it, I tried to help it with my breath. In vain.
It needed to be hatched out patiently and the
unfolding of the wings should be a gradual process in the
sun. Now it was too late. My breath had forced the
butterfly to appear, all crumpled, before its time. It
struggled desperately and, a few seconds later, died in
the palm of my hand.
That little body is, I do believe, the greatest weight I
have on my conscience. For I realize today that it is a
mortal sin to violate the great laws of nature. We should
not hurry, we should not be impatient, but we should
confidently obey the eternal rhythm.
from Zorba the Greek
people behind the words
Two - Year Three
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