Those different and uncertain things…

29 06 2009

 

Over the past years I have learned how to understand and accept that life is uncertain.

I have approximate answers and possible beliefs and different degrees of certainty about different things, but I’m not absolutely sure of anything and many things I don’t know anything about, such as whether it means anything to ask why we’re here, and what the question might mean. I might think about it a little bit, but if I can’t figure it out, then I go on to something else. But I don’t have to know an answer…. I don’t feel frightened by not knowing things, by being lost in the mysterious universe without having any purpose, which is the way it really is, as far as I can tell, possibly. It doesn’t frighten me.

Whether life is or is not worth the pain of being lived, or, rather, whether it is worth the pain and the pleasure of being live depends, first and foremost on one’s capacity for love.

It takes strength to be firm, It takes courage to be gentle, It takes strength to stand guard, It takes courage to let down your guard, It takes strength to conquer, It takes courage to surrender, It takes strength to be certain, It takes courage to have doubt, It takes strength to fit in, It takes courage to stand out, It takes strength to feel a friend’s pain, It takes courage to feel your own pain, It takes strength to hide your own pains, It takes courage to show them, It takes strength to endure abuse, It takes courage to stop it, It takes strength to stand alone, It takes courage to lean on another, It takes strength to love, It takes courage to be loved, It takes strength to survive, It takes courage to live.

 

 

 

 

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