“Sadness gives depth. Happiness gives height. Sadness gives roots. Happiness gives branches. Happiness is like a tree going into the sky, and sadness is like the roots going down into the womb of the earth. Both are needed, and the higher a tree goes, the deeper it goes, simultaneously. The bigger the tree, the bigger will be its roots. In fact, it is always in proportion. That’s its balance.” — Osho

small-image_flyingSome days, life’s windstorms can knock us over.
It can be hard to keep our balance.
Other days, the waves of our emotions
     whip us up, down, around
We crave stillness. 

Balance and stillness are beautiful, but
     so elusive,
and it’s mad for us to believe
that we will ever permanently embody them. 

We often get close —
we’ll even grasp them,
     for a short while —
but inevitably, the balance slips
     and the stillness
          and we are back
where we started,
stumbling and resisting,
     groundless and uncertain,
restless, and reaching
     for this fleeting feeling,
and failing —
            forever failing. 

But why does it feel like failure,
     when life gives us an opportunity
to be grateful
for what life has given us before?
                life gives us an opportunity
to be hopeful
for what life will give us again.

Why does it feel like failure,
     when we feel flimsy
                              and groundless?
Why doesn’t it feel like flight?
     What is wrong with being groundless,
          when we have wings?

Balance is beautiful,
     but so is imbalance —
         so is the struggle and
     so is the joy
          of succeeding,

Stillness feels the stillest
after the storm.
Our wings become the strongest
when tested by the wind,
    and weathered by the waves.
They must become strong to be
beautifully balanced,
     stable, still,
     (albeit fleeting)

     — yet flying.

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