Coming Home & the Middle Way

I find it odd that no matter how nice a time one has had travelling, coming home always feels like a good thing, and no matter how smooth the travel, one is always tired when one arrives back. So it is not really surprising to find Family Cooke feeling a little tired, and struggling to get our lives back into some semblance of order once more. Bags to be unpacked, washing to be done, mail to de dealt with and many other tasks to be seen to.

I find myself struggling to find the middle way between rushing like a mad thing to get back into control of my life & my home, and trying to hang onto a little of the holiday spirit and chill a bit longer. It seems so often in life that the middle way is the right path to tread and yet we so often struggle to walk it. The Buddhists have a whole philosophy about this1 but I don’t think that makes it any easier. Thinking back to some of the family squabbles that cause the usual amount of friction & flame, they would be so much less if all of us could be a little less attached to being right and justifying our actions and feelings.

Change can only start when we are prepared to move on, and if necessary, be wrong. After all if we were perfect, then any change would be for the worst, and we couldn’t allow that could we? I truly believe in our ability to grow and become more than we are now, so perhaps today is a good day to start seeing a few more mistakes and misjudgements that I make…

“Once we realize that imperfect understanding is the human condition, there is no shame in being wrong, only in failing to correct our mistakes.” George Soros


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