Regard Yourself As A Cloud

“Regard yourself as a cloud, in the flesh, because you see, clouds never make mistakes. Did you ever see a cloud that was misshapen? Did you ever see a badly designed wave? No, they always do the right thing. But if you will treat yourself for a while as a cloud or a wave, and realize that you can’t make a mistake whatever you do. Because even if you do something that appears totally disastrous, it will all come out in the wash somehow or another. Then through this capacity you will develop a kind of confidence. And through confidence you will be able to trust your own intuition.”
— Alan Watts

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  1. it happens to me sometimes, when I am sailing, to be complete one and in harmony with everything. guess that´s like being a cloud or a wave.

  2. I shared this quote in my building support for bridging group and people loved it. Lots of us seem to need this message. Thank you for your leadership.

  3. I’m pretty unsure about this. It feels exactly like a way of believing that could lead to a denial of responsibility or inaction… or a way to deny our collective responsibility to each other, to everything and cling to the narrative that puts the individual at the center, alone.

    We do make mistakes. We are not our mistakes. These two things are both true. But to state that, “it will all come out in the wash somehow…” is false. Maybe for you, maybe, but maybe not for those that your “mistake” has touched.
    A mistake should never be considered singular. Nothing is.