Entries by Laurel Peacock Welch

Natural Flow

“Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them; that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.”

The Lost Mare

One day, an old man living on the frontier lost one of his mares. All his neighbors felt sorry for him and came to console him, but the old man was not in the least disheartened. “Well,” he said, “I don’t care much about it. Who can say that it is not for good also?”

A few days later the mare returned, accompanied by a fine wild horse. The neighbors were surprised and came to congratulate him full of praise of the horse. The old man showed no sign of happiness. “Joy often begets sorrow,” he said, “so who cannot tell if this won’t turn out to be a bad thing?”

Redemption

“For me, forgiveness and compassion are always linked: how do we hold people accountable for wrongdoing and yet at the same time remain in touch with their humanity enough to believe in their capacity to be transformed.”