Much of your pain is self-chosen.

June 5, 2012


And a woman spoke, saying, Tell us of Pain.

And he said:
Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding.
Even as the stone of the fruit must break, that its heart may stand in the sun, so must you know pain.
And could you keep your heart in wonder at the daily miracles of your life, your pain would not seem less wondrous than your joy;
And you would accept the seasons of your heart, even as you have always accepted the seasons that pass over your fields.
And you would watch with serenity through the winters of your grief.

Much of your pain is self-chosen.
It is the bitter potion by which the physician within you heals your sick self.
Therefore trust the physician, and drink his remedy in silence and tranquility:
For his hand, though heavy and hard, is guided by the tender hand of the Unseen,
And the cup he brings, though it burn your lips, has been fashioned of the clay which the Potter has moistened with His own sacred tears.

The Prophet, Kahlil Gibran, Alfred A. Knopf, 1978, p. 52-4


Sincere ignorance and Conscientious stupidity

July 21, 2008

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said:

Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.

Trying to apply law to franchising’s woes is way, way beyond foolish. What you or I or a battalion of victims do is irrelevant because you’re trying to breathe air into a corpse.

  • The pain you feel is grieving. Wake yourself: Wake franchising.

Pain is mandatory in this life; suffering is optional. Thrash around as much as you like but know that others such as Kahlil Gibran have come before you. They have an understanding that is different from yours.

Much of your pain is self-chosen. It is the bitter potion by which the physician within you heals your sick self. Therefore trust the physician, and drink his remedy in silence and tranquility: For this hand, though heavy and hard, is guided by the tender hand of the Unseen…

Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding. Even as the stone of the fruit must break, that its heart may stand in the sun, so must you know pain.

Trickery succeeds sometimes, but it always commits suicide.

If you cannot work with love but only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work.

I have learned silence from the talkative, toleration from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind; yet, strange, I am ungrateful to those teachers.

They have exiled me now from their society and I am pleased, because humanity does not exile except the one whose noble spirit rebels against despotism and oppression. He who does not prefer exile to slavery is not free by any measure of freedom, truth and duty.

This is the bitch: I had to do exactly as you are doing now to start to become detached. You may feel that you have to repeat this seemingly endless cycle of complaint/faux listening/movement/betrayal.

You are the way and the wayfarers. And when one of you falls down he falls for those behind him, a caution against the stumbling stone. Ay, and he falls for those ahead of him, who though faster and surer of foot, yet removed not the stumbling stone.

You can, however, stand on the shoulders of those who have gone before.

This is called progress in a civilized society.


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