My Mom forwarded this to me a couple of days ago and I thought it left such a balanced, big picture, empathetic sort of feeling that lingered with me for a while. I wanted to share with you. I am unsure of the author. Please let me know if you do.
who shall pass away in a timely end,
and whose life shall be interrupted?
who shall burn with the fires of desire,
and who shall drown in the waters of despair?
who shall be serene in every storm,
and who shall be troubled by the passing breeze?
who shall be poor in the midst of possession,
and who shall be rich, content with their lot?
who shall eat and yet feel empty,
and who shall thirst for what they cannot have?
who shall die by plague,
and who shall be plagued by fear?
who may rest at the end of the day,
and who lie sleepless on a bed of pain?
who may wander in the world,
and who shall be at peace?
…And if we don’t learn to balance ourselves, each other and our world, our world will balance it for us. Let’s be kind to all sentient beings and to the soil that cultivates us all.
-Leah Joy, The Zenful Blogger