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Contemplating Consequences

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Consequences… Lately, I’ve been spending a lot of time contemplating consequences.

We make decisions – or maybe we don’t make decisions – and then we deal with what happens next.   The consequences can be great (yay, us!) or they can be… severe… Or they can be so minimal that we don’t even notice them.   Regardless of the quality of the results,  we can’t cheat them – they’re inescapable.

I’m reminded of this bit of wisdom that I found in some now-forgotten source years and years ago.   I’ve thought about it often through the years & it has helped me put my decisions & their consequences into perspective from time to time.

You might find some meaning in it as well, so I’ve decided to share it… here it is:

There is really nothing you must be.
And there is nothing you must do.
There is really nothing you must have.
And there is nothing you must know.
There is really nothing you must become.
However, it helps to understand that fire burns, and when it rains, the earth gets wet…

– A Zen Scroll

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