Monk In The World

To be a monk is to have time to practice for your transformation and healing. And after that to help with the transformation and healing of other people.

Thich Nhat Hanh

Sunday, August 9, 2015

STEPPING OFF THE TREADMILL OF WORK...A WONDERFUL INVITATION TO RISKS






AS MY WIFE AND I PONDER MY RETIREMENT DATE, THESE WORDS SPEAK SO PROFOUNDLLY TO WHAT WE SHOULD BE PONDERING...

THE POSSIBILITIES OF RISKS


"...Worst of all, sooner or later we all discover the most egregious element of all about security: It is not only bogus, it is out of our hands. It is totally dependent on outside influences and circumstances over which we have no control, never did have any control, never will have any control. If you’re Rockefeller, the stock market crashes; if you’re on welfare, the government cuts the stipend; if you’re Bernie Madoff, the police come. And what, in the middle of the night, do you do then to assuage yourself of anxiety, to convince yourself to get up the next morning? There is only one way to deal with security: Don’t worship it; don’t count on it. But at the same time, understand that the universe is friendly. Something else is waiting for us over the next dune. As the ancients imply, for every dead and uprooted tree, there is another forest of young ones waiting to take us in. Risk, the willingness to accept an unknown future with open hands and happy heart, is the key to the adventures of the soul. Risk stretches us to discover the rest of ourselves– our creativity, our self-sufficiency, our courage. Without risk we live in a small world of small dreams and lost possibilities. Risk prods us on to become always the more of ourselves. It is the invitation to the casino of life."

Chittister, Joan (2015-02-24). Between the Dark and the Daylight: Embracing the Contradictions of Life (p. 35). The Crown Publishing Group. Kindle Edition. 

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