Recently, I have been feeling sorry for myself, feeling useless, unwanted, and disappointed in everyone. I found myself thinking this evening about what a wonderful life i have had, especially this practice! The words of Hakuin came to mind:
"...like one in water crying 'I thirst!' Like a child of rich birth wandering poor on this earth".
Sometimes, i forget that because i have this practice, i am rich. If you have expections, people will always disappoint you. If you think you can avoid a life without downturns, think again, but to have the Dharma to return to over and over again is a treasure beyond compare.