Elections in USA are coming up and it's got me thinking about new beginnings. In my own life, I find myself on the brink of a new chapter - personally, having just broken up with my long distance boyfriend, and at work, I am busy building a new English Essence Of Life site (it will be ready by 2009.) And above all else, a new month and a new season begins. Here in Israel, I am experiencing the first days of Autumn - first rains, socks in the night, and a very cold sea.
Whether we mourn what has gone or get excited about the new to come, I remember that life is constantly changing...day and night, birth and death. And I try to remain detached from the highs and lows of life because life's events are like a wave - one moment sadness, the next happiness.
Here's an article from our site www.eolife.org that is based around a lovely Jewish story which reminds us not to label experiences as good or bad but simply to accept what is. http://www.eolife.org/article.php?aid=5a529fb7b76ebb788ae38607f709bdd6
And also a Zen story about not reacting to life's events because what may seem like bad luck may actually turn out to be good fortune http://www.eolife.org/article.php?aid=69971be41a5f486cf785ac4d9554b0db
So whether the man you vote for becomes president or not, whether you're experiencing the beginning or the end of a relationship and whether you welcome or don't welcome the new season, the best we can do is to accept what is and with a smile. Here's a quote that I would like to share with you:
A smile costs nothing but gives much. It enriches those who receive without making poorer those who give. It takes but a moment. but the memory of it sometimes lasts forever.