Giving up hope is encouragement to stick with yourself

“Giving up hope is encouragement to stick with yourself, to make friends with yourself, to not run away from yourself, to return to the bare bones, no matter what’s going on. Fear of death is the background of the whole thing. It’s why we feel restless, why we panic, why there’s anxiety. But if we totally experience hopelessness, giving up all hope of alternatives to the present moment, we can have a joyful relationship with our lives, an honest, direct relationship, one that no longer ignores the reality of impermanence and death.”

~ from the Pema Chodron book, When Things Fall Apart

This is a page from my book, “How I Sold My Business: A Personal Diary”

Saturday, August 20, 2005

It's Saturday evening now, and I'm just catching up on the events of the last few days. My friend wrote today to ask how the meeting went with the LLC business partners the other day. Here's my reply:

Well, I hope things will work out ok, I don't know. I already see some problems, but hopefully it won't implode. Jack is running around, presumably talking to lawyers, and wants to immediately know exactly how much I want, etc.