there would be no order.
then you can find your place.
Break down in sorrow,
and you open the door to joy.
Existence is really just waves in an ocean.
The higher the peaks,
the lower the valleys.
Lasting peace is found in calm waters.
One of the most useful, undeniable patterns I’ve noticed in daily life is that some of my best days – the ones spent on top of the world, with a sharp mind, a quick wit, energy and stamina to spare – come immediately after my worst, most sluggish, most timid days, and vice versa. Some of my most joyous moments come shortly after recovering from heartache, the death of a loved one, or some other negative occurrence that sweeps me down into those deep valleys. The trick is to balance the ups and downs. With careful meditation, mindfulness, and time, we can balance out the waves of joy and sorrow, pain and pleasure, right and wrongdoing, and find an even balance. So, what do you think? Are we rewarded for our pain and punished for our pleasure? I believe the secret is in the moderation of each.