A few years ago I was sitting on my patio in Sausalito watching a sailboat being blown across the bay. I witnessed as its sails billowed to the north then to the south, and back to the north again. The captain was certainly challenged on this blustery day, yet from a distance it seemed like an effortless ballet across the water. It was at that moment when I really got that life is all about polarities.
It happened earlier this week…a bad day.
I was minding my own business and going about my normal morning routine. Took our daughter to school, went for a hike in the beautiful hills behind our house, said good morning to a few smiling dogs, got back to my desk and whammo!
A scholar came to meet a wise master in quest for knowledge. “Master I have traveled a great distance to meet you with the desire to drink from your ocean of knowledge. Please enlighten me.”
The master bade him to sit. He took a kettle from the table and poured the tea into an already full cup. Startled at the master’s behavior, the seeker hurriedly reminded, “but the cup is already full!”
“So are you”, said the master unruffled.
Over a decade ago, I found myself between jobs, between relationships and between roommates. Old patterns would have spun me into a panic. I would have found myself immediately searching to fill these voids, with my decisions based in fear. But gratefully by that time in my life, I'd done a little groundwork and introspection so that I could begin to trust in the crafty Universe clear-cutting a path leading somewhere...
How many times has this happened to you?
A difficult conversation with a friend, family member or coworker is impending. Yet before the meeting you play a grueling game of mind tennis in your own head. Or perhaps you’re awaiting results from a medical test and your mind strays into all avenues of possible outcomes. Volleying repetitive thoughts back and forth. Preparing yourself for every angle and top spin. By the end of this mental Wimbledon your shoulders have lifted three inches, your heart is racing and you’ve completely missed your exit while driving. Now…how many times a day does this happen until your anticipated meeting?