"First they ignore you,
then they laugh at you,
then they fight you,
then you win."
- Mahatma Gandhi
"You have known both joy and sorrow, the greatest ecstasy and the most profound heartbreak. Sometimes the joy was so intense it broke your heart, and sometimes the despair was so overwhelming you felt a strange and unexpected joy at its core. Sometimes the joy and the sorrow were indistinguishable from each other and you were reminded of what lived beyond both - your unshakeable presence.
The world has given you so much, friend, more than you ever imagined possible, and you want to give something back. You want to be a force for healing, you want to uplift and create, but so many questions come to visit you in your private moments. How to change the world without opposing it in its current state? How to transform the planet through love and acceptance, not intolerance and war? Must you rage at the status quo, become an angry missionary, live as an exhausted seeker in perpetual dissatisfaction, in order to bring about creative transformation? Is that the most effective use of your talents? Must you live in fear, anger and... blame?
Great healing begins when we align with the universe exactly as it is, yet hold in our hearts the way we know it can be, and we simply stop comparing the two. Keep your eyes on the prize, but do not oppose the present moment - this is the great paradox of transformation, and the secret of changing the world by not changing it at all.
It is impossible for the mind to grasp how supremely creative, intelligent, compassionate and spontaneous action can emerge from a place of total acceptance of Now; how doing can emerge effortlessly from non-doing.
Acceptance is not toleration or passivity - it makes you radically alive and passionately engaged with this astonishing dream-world."