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“There’s two things people do with the shit of life. The first person puts it in their bag, in their pockets, up their shirt, down their trousers. They carry it around with them! ‘Why me? It’s unfair, it’s terrible, it’s not nice!’ That’s called ‘carrying the shit.’ Now you find if you carry shit around you lose a lot of friends…But there’s the other thing you can do with the cow shit of life….You dig it into your garden! So instead of just complaining about it, you make use of it…It takes a long time sometimes when you’re in the middle of this. You can’t just get rid of it in an instant. It takes weeks, sometimes years. You keep digging in a little bit every day. But it always happens that that moment occurs when you look in front of your door and that whole pile of shit is gone. It’s vanished. It hasn’t gone nowhere. Something’s happened in the back garden…These beautiful flowers so fragrant that people walking down the street can smell it and they like to visit to see your amazing garden. And your fruit trees – the apples in there are so delicious and sweet. So much so you give them to all your friends…Your garden which you grow from the shit of your life is not just for you. It’s for everybody who even comes close to you.”  Ajahn Brahm

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