|"Your life and my life have turned out, and once you get that, life goes on from a position of having turned out. That's called playing the game from win." ...|
There's one thing they each have in common (aside from their wholehearted devotion to their diverse faiths and their unwavering dedication to their individual callings) which is this: each of them are enthusiastic graduates of Werner's work.
There's a question people often ask me whenever I share about these five diverse graduate friends. It mostly takes a form similar to "Why would a Zen Buddhist (or a Christian or a Jew or a Muslim or a yogi) be interested in Werner's work?".
It's a question always asked with incredulity - as if a faith or a calling, whatever they may be, and Werner's work are somehow mutually exclusive. My measured response is to pose what I consider to be a far more incisive question: "Why wouldn't Zen Buddhists (and Christians and Jews and Muslims and yogis et al) be interested in Werner's work?". Really.
Listen: when you get it's all already turned out, when you get "This is IT!", then you can play from win. Instead of doing what Christians do or what Jews do or what Muslims do or what Zen Buddhists do or what yogis do in order to have it turn out, graduates of Werner's work, be they Christians or Jews or Muslims or Zen Buddhists or yogis and others, have discovered the possibility of playing from win ie they've discovered the possibility of playing from it's already turned out.
When we bring who we really are - full, whole, complete, and satisfied - to being a Christian or a Jew or a Muslim or a Zen Buddhist or a yogi or whatever our own particular persuasion is, that's when we can start completely embodying and truly honoring our faiths and our callings. When you tell the truth about it, I assert you can only wholeheartedly celebrate your faith or your calling when you bring who you are unreservedly to them, yes? Attempting to bring them to you, all the while fervently hoping they'll save you, or expecting them to make you better, or (worse) wishing they'll fix your life, only serves to diminish and dishonor them. Honest!
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