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It’s okay

Learning from the rose.  (Processed in Photoshop and Pixlr.)
Learning from the rose. (Processed in Photoshop and Pixlr.)

You can learn from everybody, not only from people but also from animals, from trees, from clouds, from rivers.  But there is no question of imitating.  You can’t become the river, but you can learn some quality that is river-likeness: the flow, the let-go.  You can learn something from a rose flower.  You cannot become a rose flower, you need not, but you can learn something from the rose.  You see the rose so delicate yet so strong in the wind, in the rain, in the sun.  By the evening it will be gone but has no care about it, is joyous in the moment.  You can learn from the rose how to live in the moment.  Right now the rose is dancing in the wind, in the rain, unafraid, unconcerned for the future.  By the evening the petals will wither away, but who bothers about the evening?  This moment is all and this dance is all there is.

Learn something from the rose.  Learn something from the bird on the wing — the courage to go into the unbounded.

~ Osho, from Tarot in the Spirit of Zen

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