In these conflagrant times, it does us well to sip from Sufi’s cup: “This too shall pass.”
Comfort and security do not change a man. Only adversity can do that. We are hallowed and habilitated in difficult times.
A man is either developed or deformed by adversity. It depends on the attitude he takes when things go wrong, on whether he expands into yes or contracts into no.
We were made for this, summoned and destined for this—to ‘play’ (as the Chinese say of tai chi) with adversity in a composed and skillful way.
A man loses his keys. Then he loses his composure.
No. That’s not what happens. Not all.
Something has gone back to where it came from. And composure, if a man has it, cannot be lost.