zen charity

May 31st, 2012

The email read, “I’m sure you are a busy woman and I will understand if you are unable to respond.” When we are too busy to respond, we are entirely too busy. Set something down.

First, be quiet.
Give away your ideas, your self-certainty
Your judgments and your opinions
Let go of defenses and offenses
Face your critics
They will always outnumber you
Lose all wars
All wars are lost to begin with

Abandon your authority and entitlements
Release your self-image
Status, power, whatever you think gives you clout
It doesn’t, not really
That was a lie you never believed
Give up your seat
See what you are
Unguarded
Unprepared, unequipped
Surrounded on all sides
Alone
A prisoner of no one and nothing
And now that you are free
See where you are. Observe what is needed.
Do good. Quietly.
If it’s not done quietly, it’s not good.
Start over
Always start over.

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10 Comments »

  1. I guess I just hit “publish” to my blogpost exactly at the same time as you did, across the other side of the world. You wisper the answer to my question quietly in my ear… thank you!

    Comment by Roos — July 3, 2011 @ 7:12 am

  2. “Do good. Quietly. If it’s not done quietly, it’s not good.” Thank you for these words. For all of your words. A gentle, yet powerful, reminder.

    Comment by Janet — July 3, 2011 @ 9:01 am

  3. Gracies, bedankt. Jouw words arrive always on the right moment!

    Comment by trudy — July 3, 2011 @ 11:32 am

  4. {thank you}

    Comment by Swirly — July 6, 2011 @ 7:31 am

  5. My favourite line is “Lose all wars
    All wars are lost to begin with.”

    If it’s possible to have a favourite.

    Comment by David — July 14, 2011 @ 12:09 pm

  6. Love-ly. Simply. Love-ly.
    With metta…Katharine

    Comment by Katharine Weinmann — May 31, 2012 @ 7:17 am

  7. […] Are you too busy to respond? (via Karen Maezen Miller) […]

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  8. wonderful! wonderful.

    Comment by Colleen — June 2, 2012 @ 12:36 pm

  9. See what you are
    Unguarded
    Unprepared, unequipped
    Surrounded on all sides

    And now that you are free…

    ***

    Makes me smile and soften and breath out.

    I LOVE it.

    Thank you so much.

    (And you published it on my birthday too…)

    Comment by Andrew Lightheart — June 13, 2012 @ 6:26 am

  10. […] Are you too busy to respond? (via Karen Maezen Miller) […]

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