At times the recipe for outwitting a cloudy mood is just to dig in and outwit it. These are the times when the best way "out" is "through." This out-waiting isn't easy to do. In fact, doing nothing can be the hardest thing of all to do. A boy who is learning how to dive and who is trying just to let himself fall, hands first, can tell you how demanding it is to do nothing. Yet one of the supreme skills of life is the art of knowing when and how to practice "masterful inactivity."Another art which needs cultivating is that of knowing how to care and not to care. This art is a matter of touch and of a kind of finesse, and takes time to develop. The skater who wants to make progress has got to cut into the ice. But if she cuts in too deeply, she won't move at all. We need to get involved in what we're doing, to be attached to the projects in our lives, but we should avoid getting "stuck" in any paralyzing or dead-ending way.As the old saying goes: "Do not look back in anger, nor forward in fear, but around in awareness." This awareness of possibilities, fed by communion with others, is the fountainhead of hope.
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