Two Teachers, One Message

From Anthony DeMello:

Student: “Master, what is the secret of your serenity?”

Master: “Wholehearted cooperation with the inevitable.”

From Howard Thurman:

“There is a general notion abroad that the wise man accepts the universe, accepts life.  The notion is sound because it reveals a direct understanding of the most elementary fact of life, namely, that the universe is here and we are in it.”

I like those shorthand reminders – “cooperation with the inevitable” and “the universe is here and we are in it.” 

To these I would add a third:

To carve an elephant, I need not create the block of wood.

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