Almost, But Not, Symmetrical (2)

There are two types of pain …

Beautiful pain strikes our ego.
Beautiful pain strikes our pride.
Beautiful pain builds us up.
Beautiful pain teaches love.

Ugly pain strikes our soul.
Ugly pain strikes our honor.
Ugly pain tears us down.
Ugly pain teaches hate.

… that in the moment, are hard to discern.

Beautiful pain can feel ugly today.
Beautiful pain feels beautiful tomorrow.
Our minds cannot discern,
But our hearts know which is which.

Ugly pain can feel beautiful today.
Ugly pain feels ugly tomorrow.
Our minds cannot discern,
But our hearts know which is which.

Both hurt, in different ways; …

Beautiful pain hurts.
Beautiful pain is a struggle.
Beautiful pain transcends suffering.
Beautiful pain nourishes.

Ugly pain hurts.
Ugly pain is a struggle.
Ugly pain amplifies suffering.
Ugly pain kills.

… and both can break us, if we let them.

Fear walks away from beautiful pain.
Deceit weakens as we lie.
Isolation inspires others
To leave us to our fate.

Fear turns to embrace ugly pain.
Deceit weakens as we lie.
Isolation inspires others
To leave us to our fate.

Yet both can serve us …

Courage turns to face beautiful pain.
Integrity protects as we strengthen.
Vulnerability inspires others
To face their beautiful pain.

Courage walks away from ugly pain.
Integrity protects as we strengthen.
Vulnerability inspires others
To face our ugly pain.

… to grow.

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Series: Almost, But Not, Symmetrical

My Cup

Sometimes when my cup is half empty,
Sometimes when my cup is half full,
Sometimes when my cup runs dry,
Sometimes when my cup flows over,

I remember,
Holy shit
I have a cup!
I have a cup!

Questioning Students

Student: I need to know the secret to enlightenment.
Master: Ah, you’re not ready.

Student: Then what separates the master from the student?
Master: Practice.

Student: How do I become the master?
Master: Become the student.

Shelley’s Bond

There is a calf-skin bond issued in 1648
To build dikes and canals in Holland
That still pays interest today.

Near 400 years.

For the people who built those dikes and canals
That the bond still honors,
Long since dead,
And their children dead,
And their children’s children’s children dead,
What an accomplishment!

The armies of people who dug the canals,
Who stacked the walls,
And bent nature to their will were heroes
For their work has fed generations.

The will of mankind
Reigns
Over hundreds of years!

And the million-year-old sea
Smiles at mankind and says,
“Wait my precious, for I will that you return to me.”

And the billion-year-old sun
Smiles at the sea and says,
“Wait my precious, for I will that you return to me.”

An antique Dutch bond issued in 1648