TODAY'S THEME: The Games We Play
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What kind of games do you play? I played the I Don't Know Game.
As long as I didn't know, I could not be wrong. I played the Money
I didn't have the money to do what I needed to do. As long
as I could not do something, I could not fail at doing it...

The most elaborate and complex game of all was the I Can't Take It
Anymore Game.
This is where you take on more than you can human-
ly do or want to do, fail to complete what you start, create all sorts of
chaos in your life, and then complain about how much people expect
of you. These games were the outgrowths of the fear of being disap-
proved, fed by the fear of not being accepted, laced with the fear of
not doing it right, stewed in the belief that I was not good enough...

...You cannot compare yourself or what you do to anyone else. You
are you! You represent a true and original part of the Master. There
is no one else like you...The more games we play, the more rules
we are required to follow. The more rules there are, the less
opportunities there are for creativity. Creativity needs
authenticity. Without it, the Master in you cannot
truly be recognized or glorified.

From "One Day My Soul Just Opened Up,"
by Iyanla Vanzant
Simon & Schuster, 1998

Wealthy patrons invited Ikkyu to a banquet. Ikkyu arrived
dressed in his beggar's robes. The host, not recognizing him,
chased him away. Ikkyu went home, changed into his cere-
monial robe of purple brocade, and returned. With great
respect, he was received into the banquet room. There he
put his robe on the cushion, saying, "I expect you invited
the robe since you showed me away a little while ago,"
and left.

Zen story

Two people were invited to see the king. One was a wealthy,
educated man, the other an illiterate peasant. The rich man
arrived first. He entered the palace and walked through a room
filled with a collection of literature, music and art. Aware of the
value of many of the items, he became so immersed that he
missed his appointment with the king. Later, the illiterate peasant
arrived. Because he didn't appreciate all the books and paintings,
he walked right through the room, straight into the king's cham-
bers, and spent his entire time visiting with the king.

Excerpted from "Toward a Meaningful Life: The Wisdom
of the Rebbe Menachem Mendel Schneerson,"
by Simon Jacobson
Perennial Currents, 2002

And now, the Last Word:

God knows human beings well
and therefore
does not tell them everything.

From "Finding God in a Tangled World,"
by Juris Rubenis and Maris Subacs
Paraclete Press, 2007

































Bonus quote:

In peace I will both lie down and sleep,
For You alone, O Lord, make me to dwell in safety.

Psalm 4: 8
New American Standard Bible


On today's
Home Page:

Iyanla Vanzant;
A Zen story;
Simon Jacobson;
Juris Rubenis &
Maris Subacs