Here’s Joan Baez:
“Action is the Antidote to Despair”
And now Gandhi:
“Satisfaction lies in the effort, not in the attainment —
full effort is full victory.”
If we combine their wisdom, we might end up with this:
If you find yourself in a challenging situation, one that pushes you beyond your comfort zone.
One that stimulates frustration, disillusionment and even despair . . .
Do what you can do.
Make the best effort you can make.
But don’t be attached to the outcome.
In many cases the outcome is beyond your control. So you need to let go of the outcome. It’s out of your hands.
Turn the outcome over to God, or Buddha, or Allah, or a Higher Power, or Fate.
Your empowerment comes from taking action in the face of despair.
Your integrity come from doing the best you can do.
And your wisdom comes from knowing what you can and can’t control (Serenity Prayer).
Thank you, Joan and Gandhi.
A match made in heaven.
Gregg Krech Author, Naikan: Gratitude, Grace and the Japanese Art of Self-reflection (2002)| Author, A Natural Approach to Mental Wellness (2004, 2011)| Author, A Finger Pointing to the Moon (2000)| Editor, Thirty Thousand Days: A Journal for Purposeful Living (1993-Present)| Director, ToDo Institute (Vermont) (1992-Pr......