Behold the Majesty


We have this idea
that life should be a certain way
and we go about
doing everything we can
to make life conform to
our way of seeing.
This is like holding up a paper towel
to keep a wave from
crashing on the shore,
using an eyedropper full of water
to save the trees from
a raging forest fire,
brandishing a butterfly net
at an earthquake,
thinking you’ll keep the buildings
from toppling down,
using a shoebox to catch a storm cloud
and pushing your tiny hand against the wind
to keep it from blowing across the sky–
Instead of fighting
the great forces of nature,
why not stop,
and open?
Feel the powers
of earth, fire, air, and water
coursing through you
the way they always have.
Align yourself with what is.
Surrender your small will
to this enormous flow of being.
Don’t try to chip away at a mountain
with a teaspoon.
Look up and behold the majesty.

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