Snakes and ladders

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When did it become so fashionable to change focus away from ‘to be’ towards ‘to do’?  When did I start measuring myself according to market values, being concerned with results and amounts and productivity?  Or maybe my reflectiveness stems from a realisation that life hasn’t worked out the way I thought it would when I was on the threshold of adulthood.

I turned to some ancient wisdom:

‘Success is as dangerous as failure.  Whether you go up the ladder or down it, your position is shaky.  When you stand with your two feet on the ground, you will always keep your balance’.    [Tao 13]

And I came across these other lovely verses encouraging me to live by noble principles that are from of old, and to be aware of the spiritual dimension of life:

‘What does the Lord require of you, but to do justice, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.’  [Micah 6:8].

That is enough.

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