Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms- to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.
It is this spiritual freedom- which cannot be taken away- that makes life meaningful and purposeful. An active life serves the purpose of giving man the opportunity to realize values in creative work, while a passive life of enjoyment affords him the opportunity to obtain fulfillment in experiencing beauty, art, or nature. But there is also purpose in that life which is almost barren of both creation and enjoyment and which admits of but one possibility of high moral behavior: namely, in man’s attitude to his existence, an existence restricted by external forces.
when I think I might lose everything, I see fresh and stark and don’t overlook the same old things….
inquiry for today~ what stickiness lies in your heart waiting to be soft again?
There was a boy who knew how to make others relax by his friendly talk, and once they relaxed, he’d ask how many questions. But he always went home alone. The next day he’s talk some more, and sooner or later, he would always get to questions of live, colorful questions that would stretch and spread and fall, just like leaves.
He lived this way for many years and the deep asking opened his heart. The space of his heart grew very wide and people would come and go like birds in the orchard of questions that was his heart. But once everyone left, he was alone with all he knew.
One day there was a vibrant being who would not enter the orchard of his questions. No matter how friendly he was, she wouldn’t answer him. She simply fluttered close and held him, then waited in the wood. It took the boy a long time, for he was covered with the bark of a man, but he wanted to be held, and so, uprooting himself, he left the shade of his own heart and began to live.