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“Life always gives us exactly the teacher we need at every moment,” said Zen teacher Charlotte Joko Beck. “This includes every mosquito, every misfortune, every red light, every traffic jam, every obnoxious supervisor (or employee), every illness, every loss, every moment of joy or depression, every addiction, every piece of garbage, every breath.”
While I appreciate Beck’s advice, I’m perplexed why she put such a heavy emphasis on lessons that arise from difficult events. In the years ahead, you will be proof that this is shortsighted. At least 51 percent of your teachers are likely to be expansive, benevolent, and generous — and the figure will probably be upwards of 85 to 90 percent.