The master takes action by letting things take their course. (Tao Te Ching 64)
The future means never

The Serenity Prayer

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The things I cannot change is the stuff of the external. My actions may or may not have any impact, but what is certain is that I cannot predict or control the aspects of reality that are beyond my reach, beyond my will, beyond my responsibility, beyond myself. My thoughts, intentions and actions have no real power here, so I can let go. I can let things be and I can accept things because there is no other choice.

The things I can change include my inner state of being. I can choose to respond to my brothers and sisters in love. I can meditate. I can be present and egoless. I can take care of myself. I can learn, grow, and create. I can live my truth and claim my freedom. I can do my best, give my best, and do so without any attachment to the result.

To know the difference is to live in perfect harmony with the way things are. Here there is no frustration or disappointment—only success. We continue tomorrow and each day after that.

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