"I am that to which I gave short shrift and that to which I attended. I am my descents into darkness and my rising again into the light, my betrayals and my fidelities, my failures and my successes. I am my ignorance and my insight, my doubts and my convictions, my fears and my hopes."
(Parker Palmer, On the Brink of Everything: Grace, Gravity, and Getting Old)
seems to me that our karma these days is to explore In more depth than ever
before the two sides of letting go. On
the one side is the shedding of excess emotional garbage: the abandonment of lost causes, the
downgrading of expectations, and the acceptance of the losses that time
brings. On the other side is the letting
go that enables us to move beyond those losses.
Reduced expectations, for example, free up the imagination for new
experiments. Getting through the bad
times enables us to take our measure and focus on what really matters going
forward.” Suzanne Braun Levine