The Art of Living
The first premise in the art of living is to be able to live with one’s problems. Not to see them as problems to be solved, but as mysteries to be lived.
There is a wonderfully subtle yet important message here which steers us away from the negativity of thinking ourselves always involved in trouble simply because we have problems.
The Chinese sign for crisis is the same as the one for opportunity. The problems we have our indeed opportunities. We call them mysteries because we don’t really understand in many cases how they are opportunities. If we take that mysterious point of view and regard problems as opportunities, it will make a world of difference.
It is not always easy to apologize, begin over, take advice, be unselfish, keep on trying, be considerate, think and then act, profit by mistakes, forgive and forget, shoulder a blame, but it usually pays. Each of these things requires something difficult. Something that goes against the grain of our nature.
But each of them carries a great reward if we must endure the pain and do the action. It is important that we know that and that we follow that rule – do it!
A poem that Lou felt was important and which he used in homilies and workshops…followed by his commentary on it.