Quote from Pasteur.
This made him understand, he said, that we cannot hope to capture anything in life. It is best just to let go and see what comes to you instead.
From The Sun magazine, although I can’t remember which story or which month. It’s written on a card that sits in my office that I just remembered was there.
Put another way:
Your job is just to observe, and let Dhamma (The Truth, The Path) do the rest.
Since coming home after my most recent 10-day, this idea of letting go, unclenching the fists, dialing down the effort, nurturing faith that life will present to you what exactly you need has been on my mind. Many experiences have been presented to me already in the past two weeks, to hold and turn over and examine and wonder over. Imagine an active passivity, where you are intently interested in life yet you do not direct its flow. The world is too vast to continually pick over. You can succeed and find fulfillment in simple observation of experience.