I can clearly see how I have changed, how I have become less fearful and more confident and capable. These changes occurred in small increments and over some time. The point is to allow them to happen, without grasping and attachment; to have faith that positive change will come and, in the meantime, to try to be gentle with yourself. It was like this for all the Buddhas throughout the ages. They were each, at the beginning of their journeys, beings just like us: tossed and pummeled by ordinary fears, worries, and insecurities. And yet, with steady and patient practice, they each became Awakened Ones. They have given us a model of moderation to follow. If we practice as they did, who knows? We might just become the next Buddhas.

Jan Willis, Dreaming Me