Fate

Get Comfortable Not Knowing

There once was a village that had among its people a very wise old man.  The villagers trusted this man to provide them answers to their questions and concerns.

One day, a farmer from the village went to the wise man and said in a frantic tone, “Wise man, help me.  A horrible thing has happened.  My ox has died and I have no animal to help me plow my field!  Isn’t this the worst thing that could have possibly happened?”  The wise old man replied, “Maybe so, maybe not.”  The man hurried back to the village and reported to his neighbors that the wise man had gone mad.  Surely this was the worst thing that could have happened.  Why couldn’t he see this? Continue reading

‘Tis the Set of the Sail — or — One Ship Sails East

But to every mind there openeth,
A way, and way, and away,
A high soul climbs the highway,
And the low soul gropes the low,
And in between on the misty flats,
The rest drift to and fro.

But to every man there openeth,
A high way and a low,
And every mind decideth,
The way his soul shall go.

One ship sails East,
And another West,
By the self-same winds that blow,
‘Tis the set of the sails
And not the gales,
That tells the way we go.

Like the winds of the sea
Are the waves of time,
As we journey along through life,
‘Tis the set of the soul,
That determines the goal,
And not the calm or the strife.

~ Ella Wheeler Wilcox

“Sometimes our fate resembles a fruit tree in winter.  Who would think that those branches would turn green again and blossom, but we hope it, we know it.” ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

 

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