Under the light of a full moon, an owl flies over eight golden cups. A young man has resolutely turned to walk in the opposite direction, knowing those cups only contain the brine of his tears. I had such a need to be liked and loved when I was young, I never abandoned my cups no matter how bad things got in my relationships. As I got older, I not only turned my back (and heart) on those who angered and hurt me, I burned the bridges as I left. Today I will still leave relationships to protect my physical and emotional health, but I try not to withdraw my compassion too. If I can change, surely others have the capacity to do so too? Pandora, the first female created by the Greek gods, was given all sorts of gifts - including curiosity it seems. She let loose all the evils on the world, but closed the box/jar before Hope got out. Does that mean Hope was locked away from mankind or kept in safety? If it was expectant hope, the kind of with conditions and specifics attached, it may be good thing that it wasn't let loose.
Hope and fear is a feeling with two sides. As long as there’s one, there’s always the other. This is the root of our pain. ~ Pema Chodron