"Thank you for everything. I have no complaint whatsoever." -- Zen Master Sono.
I ran across this quotation in a Facebook photo several days ago and let out a humorless "HAH!" like, give me a break, Zen Master Goody-Two-Shoes! Please! What about the unrelenting pain of our national life of late? What about all the horrible deaths, illnesses, and accidents in my circle of family and friends in just a few short years? How can I be thankful for and uncomplaining about those without being either Mary-freakin'-Sunshine or in total denial? And what about all the little things, every day, that get under the skin? Thanks for those? Come on.
Despite its irritating serenity, this quotation -- "Thank you for everything. I have no complaint whatsoever" -- has lodged itself in my brain. What would it be like to meet, sincerely, the events of daily life, especially the ones I judge as "bad," with this mantra? Rather than speculate or tell myself that it's stupid, saccharine, or impossible, I'll give it a whirl and let you know next week how it goes.
for Mindful Monday
© December 8, 2014, post: Donna Pierce
Photo credit: Namaste & Om Symbol in the Garden, Kyle Pearce, 2014.
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