Increase and decrease are part of the natural cycle of life. As another ancient good book put it, “To every thing there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven.” Like a reservoir used to irrigate the fields, learning to accept a temporary decrease — in position, feelings or material possessions — prepares the way for increase in the future.
We may live in materialistic times, but there is no disgrace in material decrease, if it represents an investment in future gain — even if that gain comes in the form of learning or development of personal character. Likewise, the inner strength that comes from bearing loss can be balanced by a corresponding increase in inner strength and insight. When letting go of material desires leads to greater simplicity in daily life, good fortune comes calling.
In nature, a lake evaporates to form clouds that drop rain, which nurtures the surrounding forest. As the forest grows thick, more rain is captured for the lake. Similarly, some evaporation of resources or decrease in one area of your life, will inevitably give rise to an eventual increase in another. A loss of responsibility at work can mean more free time, and more free time may generate more career options. Likewise, a decrease in material possessions can free the spirit and fill the soul.
Be mindful of the lesson of young lovers: even with minimal possessions, feelings of the heart can bring an unsurpassed richness to life. The smallest of actions, if sincere, have value. Remain confident, for a time of decrease may actually bode good fortune — especially if you remain open to that possibility.
Let go of frustration, resistance and regret over whatever may be decreasing at this time. Accept the cycle.