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The only thing that hurts more than paying an income tax is not having to pay an income tax.
-- Thomas Robert Dewar


Thursday, July 1, 2021

Be with it

You could endlessly analyze what’s going on, or resist it, or find someone to blame for it, or fantasize that it’s something else entirely. Or you could simply be with it.

You could deny the uncomfortable, inconvenient aspects of who you are, of what you desire and care about, of how you feel. Or you could allow your authentic self to be.

You could resent, avoid, and complain about what you have to do. Or you could just go ahead and get it done, and apply yourself toward progress rather than toward resistance.

Your time, your energy, your awareness, your care and your passion are powerful and precious. Point them all toward peaceful, purposeful living and not toward wasteful, destructive fighting.

Every place, every person, every situation, every challenge, every moment has some kind of unique value to add to your life. Accept it, embrace it, give your best to it as it plays out, and be with it.

Life brings problems, opportunities, frustrations, joys, pleasure, discomfort, struggle and beauty. As each new adventure arrives, be with it.

— Ralph Marston

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