Who wants those? I never have to be serious again, and neither do you! Which is not to say that I don’t have to pay the bills or decide what to do when flea beetles are eating the bok choi in the field. It’s just that we can do these things with tenderness. We can soften ourselves and welcome the malleability of each moment.
As the Buddhist teacher Thich Nhat Hanh says, we have the seeds of every emotion inside us. We can choose which seeds to water and care for. Today I choose silliness. I choose honesty. I choose love. And because I don’t know what the day will bring, or what junctures will offer the serious route, I choose tenderness, too. Tenderness to help me soften and to help me open my heart. Tenderness to prepare the soil for the seeds I want to cultivate.
What will you cultivate today?