Work when there is work to do.
Rest when you are tired. One
thing done in peace will most
likely be better than ten things
done in panic….I am not a hero
if I deny rest; I am only tired.
I read the above quote this morning in Mark Nepo’s, THE BOOK OF AWAKENING, and it’s a perfect example of the Zen saying, “when the student is ready the teacher appears.” I have been running around like a crazy woman for the last two days getting ready for our trip to La Jolla (Hannah and I leave for the airport in about two hours) rushing when there was no need to rush. So here I am sitting at the computer enjoying my morning latte, breathing deeply and taking the time to share this with you because I think this little snippet of wisdom is useful for everyone in today’s world where everything seems to move so fast. So my suggestion to anyone who is reading this post today is to stop for a moment when you’re feeling harried, take a few deep breaths and ask yourself “why am I rushing?”
I try to open the hours with softness
and silence – the two threads that
unravel into gratitude – and wait
for the miracle to return.