Sap is gathered one drop at a time. A life is formed one drop of influence at a time. Lives are seldom changed all at once by torrential rainfalls of influence. The still small drip of ideas, philosophies, and beliefs accumulate over time until the jug is full. Once the jug is full, there is often no room for fresh ideas or new concepts. You have to release some of the old to make room for the new.
There are times when something needs to change. Often the only way to make that change is in being the drip of sap that constantly, consistently, plunks down into the bucket. Our persistence is often seen and heard by others, and one at a time, they join us until we have a more consistent chorus of dripping sap. Gandhi said, “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.”
Situations don’t come into being all at once, and it often takes a good deal of time to overcome years of prejudice or other unwanted situations. Discouragement is normal, but we can recognize it, release it, and ignore it. Drip, drip, drip. Fill your bucket with spiritual drops of loving-kindness.
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