Life’s primary purpose is to overwhelm us. Why? To shatter the illusion that we’re in control. Siddhartha couldn’t wait for this to happen. He hopped the wall and dove straight into the mayhem.
What we call personality is actually a protective device that begins to develop around the age of 18 months as a response to the sobering realization that the world of form is not the technicolour equivalent of our mother’s womb.
If I order a red car and the dealer delivers a red car, am I surprised that it’s red? Similarly, knowing Life is a stage for things to go wrong on, am I upset when it happens?
Observe yourself when something goes wrong. Right in the first moment that it happens.
(If you can do that, it’s going very well.)
Some men endure a lot with apparent ease; other men (Emerson’s “city dolls”) endure a little with great difficulty.
Endurance is acquired through hardship. There is no other way.
Life is our guru.