Strangers used to be bad and dangerous. Now strangers are the source of good things online.
The trick is to be attuned to your condition all the time. To know that you are tired when you are tired and energetic when you are energetic. And to release yourself to your condition rather than resist it. Not knowing your condition as it really is, or knowing it and resisting it: That is what’s difficult. This is where the pressure builds up. But when you know your condition and release yourself to it, then there’s no problem. You can negotiate yourself through your day that way and not have to worry.
There’s an old saying in Zen: “Every day is a good day.” This doesn’t mean every day’s a thrilling day or a pleasant day. There are plenty of unpleasant days, challenging days. But if you know your condition and release yourself to it, even an unpleasant day’s a good day.
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Get Well Cards from Picasso (from Letters of Note)
The text reads,
My dear Cocteau
I am quite sad that you are ill. I hope that you will be well soon and that I will see you. At Montparnasse next Wednesday’s festivities in honor of the musician I hope to see you. I have good ideas for our theater story - we shall talk about it.