Lesson from the Moon

When the moon is fullest it begin to wane; when it is darkest it begins to grow.
This is a Chinese proverb. There is a clam wisdom in this old saying that impressed me when I heard it first form a monk in a temple. It has often helped me to maintain a good measure of calmness under stress or good luck might have made me over-excited. There is a hope and a relief in the sure knowledge that even the darkest hours of pains or troubles won’t last, and a warning against overestimating the passing glories of wealth, power and greet fortune. A warning and a hope, not only for the individual, but for government, nations and their leaders, a brief summing up of all that history and human experience can tell us. And beyond all that we might hear in it an echo of the law and order that holds our universe in safe balance.