Grace and Rude Will

Within the infant rind of this small flower
Poison hath residence, and medicine power;
For this, being smelt, with that part cheers each part;
Being tasted, slays all senses with the heart.
Two such opposed kings encamp them still
In man as well as herbs—grace and rude will;
And where the worser is predominant,
Full soon the canker death eats up that plant.

– William Shakespeare

Each day you are presented with one circumstance after another through which you can affirm your inner grace or give voice to your rude will. The nature of the circumstance is irrelevant, for you are possessed of free will and how you respond is your choice, not the circumstance’s or those present with you.

The choices you make will establish a trajectory for your life. You generate momentum and the momentum you gather helps you overcome the more challenging situations you face.

That said, you are not fully responsible for all that happens to you. Your path constantly intersects with directions chosen and choices made by others. Collisions in these intersections may not be your fault, but they remain nonetheless yours to handle.

Handle them wisely, or at least to the best of your present ability, and you will find the next obstacle easier to handle.

Grace begets grace.

One thought on “Grace and Rude Will

  1. All of which we have considered this day, points here. “Its not the circumstances but how we handle them that matters.” I love the thought that “Grace begets Grace” it reminds me of what someone close to me says often and thats “You catch more bee’s with honey than vinegar”. A poignant reminder of the attitude and grace required in all.
    Currently navigating a mixed bag of tricks, that could be construed to be my fault, and yet in rising above the level of blame, it certainly puts things into perspective. The other part of this, that is rushing forth now, is “Father forgive them for they know not what they do”. As we forgive others, our part, no matter how large or minuscule is also forgiven, letting the universe work it out, rather than the mental gymnastics that we would so often employ.
    Thanks for this and your other posts today, its keeping me on point!

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