In God’s hand are the caverns of the earth,
and the heights of the hills are God’s also.
This mountain of snow in my front yard surely doesn’t feel like a gift from God right now. If only the snow would stop, the ice would melt, and Spring would come. Then, I could be happy…
And yet, the Buddhist teacher Pema Chodron likes to talk about “no happy ending”.
In one of the first teachings I ever heard, the teacher said, “I don’t know why you came here, but I want to tell you right now that the basis of this whole teaching is that you’re never going to get it together.” I felt a little like he had just slapped me in the face or thrown cold water over my head, but I’ve always remembered it. There isn’t going to be some precious future time when all the loose ends will be tied up. Even though it was shocking to me, it rang true. One of the things that keeps us unhappy is this continual searching for pleasure or security, searching for a little more comfortable situation, either at the domestic level or at the spiritual level or at the level of mental peace.