If you don’t explore, will you discover?

[Picture: Dimitri Milan]

How will you know how strong you are

unless your strength is tested?

 

How will you know how deep you are

unless turmoil breaks your surface

and forces you to dive?

 

How will you know what sleeps inside

until the whole of you is challenged to

wake up?

 

Then you’ll turn inside to gather your resources

your untapped reserves of strength and skill

then rise like a sun, amazed by your own brightness,

stronger than you ever suspected

deeper than you ever dreamed.

 

PAGE 8 / The Calm Center / Steve Taylor

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WHEN PROBLEMS SEEM TO LIE AHEAD

[Picture: Mc Escher]

“When problems seem to lie ahead
Don’t rush forward to meet them

As if they’re long-lost friends

Let them lie there, let them wait.
Let them sleep until it’s time to meet

 

Then give them due attention

Resolve them as best you can

Then go on your way, leaving them there

Without ever looking back..
Or even when the appointment comes,

You might find yourself waiting, waiting, waiting

Until you realised you’ve been tricked

That there was never a problem and there’s nothing here

Except a long thin shadow, cast by your thoughts.

 

PAGE 30 / THE CALM CENTER / STEVE TAYLOR

WHEN SORROW WALKED WITH ME

I walked a mile with pleasure.

She chatted all the way,

But left me none the wiser

For all she had to say.

I walked a mile with sorrow,

And ne’er a word said she;

But, oh, the things i learned from her

When sorrow walked with me!

ROBERT HAMILTON