Contrast: The Sinews of Life - Page 2
That does not stop the ocean from being all it can be today any more than impermanence should stop our own creative side
from manifesting. Why not live life to the fullest even as we know that it will end some day. Recently, I heard a person talking
about getting a dog. He said, "I would love to get a dog, I love dogs, I love the loyalty and the non-judgemental love they show; but
I would never get one because it would most likely die right in the middle of loving it."
That is a sad solution. And it is not what the great men and women of wisdom preach. They preach that impermanence ought
to be in our consciousness, not so that we can give up and say--"hell with all of this we are only going to die anyway." No, wisdom
teaches us impermanence because it can cause us to want to savor and enjoy the moments we have of vitality with a gusto and
a gratitude that is only possible when we understand the importance of contrast. To the extent of my sorrow so to the extent of my joy,
is a line form a great poet of wisdom, Kahill Gibran. This line from one of his essays is perhaps one of the most remembered phrases
of all time because it speaks to the most profound aspect of life--the contrast that is necessary to maintain itself. Darkness to light, warm to cold, red to blue, white to black, sleep to wakening, life to death--we know what we know because we are capable of understand its contrast.
As practitioner of self-help, I am reminded daily that contrast and tension are the sinew of our tendons. Muscle and bone pull and push our bodies around like our egos and our instincts push our mind around and somewhere in between all this contract we live our lives, pray for love, smile on joy and cry with sorrow as we march inevitably toward death holding hands with wisdom & gratitude.