December 23     

Today's quotation:

Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes.  Don't resist them; that only creates sorrow.  Let reality be reality.  Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.

Lao-Tzu

Today's Meditation:

The Tao Te Ching is a remarkable book, whether it was actually written by Lao-Tzu or not.  One of the common threads that runs through the work is the idea of letting life flow as it's supposed to without fighting that flow, without trying to exert our will onto others or onto life itself.  Yes, there are certain things that we should resist in life-- mostly people trying to get us to do things we really shouldn't do-- but for the most part, life knows much better than we do what it needs, and our attempts to control it so often lead to frustration or sorrow.

There's a certain beauty to letting things flow as they will.  When we recognize and accept that life is wonderfully equipped to take care of itself, then we can get down to the business of simply living our lives, doing the best we can in all we do and trying to help others as much as possible.  If we're not trying to control life, we can spend our time and effort on things that we do have influence over, things that we love doing and that we do well.

As is said in the Talmud, I believe, "The sun will rise and set without your assistance."  We have a wonderful gift in the lives that we're leading, but life really doesn't need us meddling in what it's been doing forever, and doing very well.  It will change things for us, and our task is then not to fight the changes, but to move with them and make the very most of them.  (Of course, we need to learn to discern between changes that life is making and changes that meddlesome people are trying to make!)

Let's keep our eyes and hearts open to the changes of life!  Let's be ready for them when they come, keeping alert to notice the changes as they happen and move with them.  Our world is changing at a very rapid pace these days, and sometimes it seems overwhelming to consider all the changes that are happening, but we can move with them, and we can make the most of them.  We just have to see them for the opportunities that they present, and do the best with can with all the chances that come our way.

Questions to consider:

Why is it so easy to resist change?

What does it mean to you to let life flow as it wishes to flow?

What have been some unexpected opportunities that have made a positive impact on your life?

For further thought:

None of us knows what the next change is going to be, what unexpected opportunity is just around the corner, waiting to change all the tenor of our lives.

Kathleen Norris

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