Stand up

The current of life requires us to stand up, again and again, and we are not defeated when we are worn down, just exposed anew at a deeper level. We are meant to live in between the two. In this way, life keeps getting more and more precious. It is a natural law like gravity or osmosis: Stand up to be worn bare. It is how everything in the way is thinned, so that we can feel just how thoroughly alive we are.

Mark Nepo, The Book of Awakening

Essential and non essential

Each person naturally receives his allotted share in his life.

He need not concentrate on it, he need not search for it; the allotted portion is there.

You may rush around in search of riches, but what happens if death suddenly comes?

You should clear their minds of these non-essential things and concentrate on studying the Way.

Dogen, Shobogenzo Zuimonki