Heaven is eternal, earth everlasting.
They endure this way because they
do not live for themselves.
In the same way the wise
put themselves last,
and therefore find themselves first.
See themselves in all creation,
and therefore remain in the center.
And therefore are fulfilled.
This wisdom is very difficult to understand.
In the western way of progress we are all asked,
“What are you going to be, when you grow up?”
We set about trying to make something of ourselves,
To become, someone. To get a life! To be successful!
I too did this. I, like, so many
thought my accomplishments were for me.
It turns out I was only harvesting something in myself,
so that I could give it all away for the nourishments of others.
Now, I no longer have joy in my achievements.
But take great joy in the achievements
of those I have been blessed
to nurture along the way.
In the end anything I have not given away
will be a burden!
I simply must nourish the Universe,
that has so graciously nourished me!