All life worth living is difficult, nobody promised us happiness;
it is not a commodity you have earned, or shall ever earn.
It is a by-product of brave living, and it never comes in the form we expect, or at the season we hoped for, or as the result of our planning for it.
Katherine Anne Porter 1890 – 1980, American journalist, short story writer, novelist, and political activist.
Reality met on its own terms demands absolute presence, and absolute giving away, an ability to live on equal terms with the fleeting and the eternal, the hardly touchable and the fully possible, a full bodily appearance and disappearance, a rested giving in and giving up;another identity braver, more generous and more here than the one looking hungrily for the easy, unearned answer.
It is not a matter of looking for happiness
or trying to avoid suffering
but of going to the place beyond happiness or suffering.
The question we need to ask ourselves is whether there is any place we can stand in ourselves where we can look at all that’s happening around us without freaking out, where we can be quiet enough to hear our predicament, and where we can begin to find ways of acting that are at least not contributing to further destabilization
The paleontologist Teilhard de Chardin carried a notebook in which he had written, among other things, a morning prayer:
“Be pleased yet once again to come down
and breathe a soul into the newly formed, fragile film of matter
with which this day the world is to be freshly clothed.”