Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Sometimes we say 'I've got nothing to lose.' It seems to free us to make a decision to do something.
If we feel we have something to lose, we often don't do whatever we are considering for fear of being diminished in some way. The more we feel we have to lose the less we do that might put it at risk. We become paralysed by our ideas.
But it's the unknown and unexpected that moves the world forward. Spinning the wheel of chance is in every instant, it's the joy of life, the blossoming in each moment of billions of causes, billions of effects in an unknoweably brilliant pageant.
When we act with nothing to lose we have cast off impeding ideas. We may have our lives to lose but what is it, our life? What is it, losing? This doesn't mean acting stupidly or without sensitivity to what we experience, it means not to be afraid, we only had an illusion of control after all.
Is it possible that in this instant, what I am experiencing may cease? Of course but not now, perhaps in the future but not now.
As life ends, what will happen? It is ceasing, it is ceasing....