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What do I do when for some reason beyond my control the bottom falls
out of the market or my product line becomes obsolete? What if disaster
strikes? An earthquake? A war?
"The present agony will pass," writes Mansfield. "If I can cease reliving all the shock and horror of it, cease going over it, I will get stronger."
invocation for bad times
- When the sun arrives at its new dawn, it turns toward its setting;
- The moon when it is full begins to wane;
- The flowering plant grows toward the sun, and from the weight of its own blossom bends to the ground and dies; This heavenly law works itself out in the fate of man also;
- Knowing that he is helpless before the law of heaven, the superior man relinquishes the illusion of control, willing to surrender everything he has to the conditions of the time;
- Even the cherished notion of his faith and selflessness, weighing him down like a heavy sack clutched in his grip;
- He can not take another step, burdened as he is;
- To continue to hold it tight in a fist of fear is certain death;
- In such a time, he has no recourse but to tear the sack open and throw the seeds of his life to the wind releasing, surrendering, crying for mercy, feeling the pain;
If he is blessed with willingness, he can watch many seeds blow away, rejoicing for even the one that lands at his feet in the fertile soil enriched by fallen flowers long past;
- It will take root;
- He may yet feel the urgency of resolution pressing hard upon him but he must not pull at the seed, forcing it to emerge from the nurturing soil before its time;
- Rather, he tends the bare, dark spot of earth diligently with patience and discipline, watering and weeding, waiting and watching, force of habit keeping order through the long winter;
- Thus is the law of heaven that when the sun is at its zenith it rises toward a new dawn;
- The moon when empty of light waxes again; and
- Through the dark patch of fertile soil, a seed sends up a tender, green shoot.
Can you find it in your heart to be willing to accept it all?
Carol Orsborn is the author of Inner Excellence At Work: The Path to Meaning, Spirit and Success and How Would Confucius Ask for a Raise?, from which this column is excerpted. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or through her website.
Copyright 2002 Carol Orsborn
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