Dust and ashes

“Everyone should have two pockets, each containing a piece of paper. On one should be written: I am but dust and ashes, and on the other: The world was created for me.

From time to time we must reach into one pocket, or the other. The secret of living comes from knowing when to reach into each.”

Rabbi Bunim of P’shiskha (1765-1827)

One moment, grandiosity:- I can do anything. I’m unstoppable.
The next, deflation:- I’ll be crushed by the world and the people around me.

Some people are more familiar with one than the other. But many of us bounce between them, thrown each way by circumstance: a stray thought, a memory, the look on someone’s face, another’s disapproval or approval, the weather, hitting a target, missing a deadline, lost keys, making a sale, an email subject line, a child’s cry.

Of course, neither of them are true, and the secret to living is knowing always how to remember this.

You are neither super-hero nor flea. You never were. You’re a human being – vast, contradictory, mysterious, talented, bounded, boundless and of inexplicable value.