Cambridge University-educated Ajahn Brahm dropped theoretical physics in order to become a Buddhist monk. Today, nearing 70, he says the secret of life is that everything is out of control.
Trust is the secret of life. It’s the realization that whatever happens, happens to help me. If I trust life, I don’t judge it or grieve it or describe myself as a victim.
At the heart of the matter lies this: Life is a series of surprises.
Only the unexpected has Life, only the unexpected is true.
You are not in control of what happens. It doesn’t matter how much education you have. If you do not know this, you are woefully uninformed. You will look for someone or something to blame. You will find what you are looking for.
You are going to die soon. In five years, 10 or 20—soon. Dates don’t matter. Even of the basics, your birth and your death, you are not in control.
Of one thing, though, you are very much in control. You are in full and unabridged control of your response to what happens.
This is the secret of Life. You are response-able.