It’s there within you, you’ve just lost track of it.
Of course you didn’t lose it on purpose. One day, one hour, one minute at a time, you let someone or something tell you to hide or mute or push down what matters to you. It’s still there, beneath it all.
It’s not that you never have problems, challenges, anger, sadness, or fear, we all do. It’s just that you’ve allowed yourself to sacrifice what matters, to get through, to get along, to look good, to get someone to Ike you, accept you. Let face it, you’ve sacrificed, joy, peace, accomplishment, kindness, love, harmony…
If you’re tired and need to be recharged, look no further. If you want to keep slugging it out, hoping joy will emerge, miraculously, maybe you’re the exception.
Finding real joy, deep joy, requires your full commitment and courage. You have to be willing to risk the status quo to find the kind of joy you’re looking for. There’s a lot of difficult, uncharted inner landscape before you.
If you’ve been waiting to begin… ask yourself, why not today? If not today, when you’ve mustered enough courage to risk losing what you’ve become comfortable with, I stand ready to journey with you.
When the student is ready, the teacher will appear. When the student is really ready, the teacher will disappear. – Lao Tzu
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Thank you Marv for your reflections. They are always inspiring. Thank you especially for printing the entire LaoTzu quote. Most people stop at the first sentence. But it’s the second sentence which makes the quote truly remarkable.