I hate being grumpy, but it happens on occasion. I had one of those days when, all around me, I seemed to notice everything that was wrong.
Everything seems to be out of balance this week. I'll spare you the details, but will share with you my thoughts on school.
Over the last number of weeks or couple of months, I've lost sight of why I initially signed up for the English literature course. I've found my sights set more on achieving "the grade" than receiving the "education". Wasn't it only months ago I swore off this inane focus?
By way of email, I received this much-needed reality check. A bit of encouragement from a friend, the essence of which was that I really should return to focusing on why I took the coures in the first place.
This morning I opened my copy of 365 Tao. The meditation for today read as follows:
Water seeks its own level.
No matter how extreme a situation is, it will change. It cannot continue forever. Thus, a great forest fire is always destined to burn itself out; a turbulent sea will become calmer. Natural events balance themselves out by seeking their opposites, and this process of balance is at the heart of healing.
This process takes time. If an event is not great, the balancing required is slight. If it is momentous, then it may take days, years, even lifetimes for things to return to an even keel. Actually, without these slight imbalances, there could be no movement in life. It is being off balance that keeps life changing. Total centering, total balance would only be stasis. All life is continual destruction and healing, over and over again.
That is why, even in the midst of an extreme situation, the wise are patient. Whether the situation is illness, calamity, or their own anger, they know that healing will follow upheaval.
All good words to live by.