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  1. Kathleen
    April 27, 2020 @ 11:05 am

    Thanks Fred and Mike. This mantra has guided me well, too.

    A corollary to it is the message of the Bhagavad Gita to make our best efforts and turn the results over to God. My efforts are important, my actions count. But the results are none of my business. Results don’t matter. Results might inform my next action (Oops, that didn’t work so well, let’s try something different next time!). But no given result can ever be “wrong.”

    The Serenity Prayer delivers similar advice. Have the courage and wisdom to act skillfully within your realm of influence, and let go of all the rest.

    Because, getting back to the mantra, it really doesn’t matter!

    <3 K

    • Fred Davis
      April 27, 2020 @ 2:53 pm

      Terrific, Kathleen! Thank you!♥

  2. Mike
    April 27, 2020 @ 4:30 pm

    The spirit of the mantra I’ve always loved. I actually use the words, because of how I’ve understood them, in reverse. Everything “matters” because it dream manifests (appears apparently as matter/form/experience); and “matter” etymologically is “mother” and so the “mattering” of life (whether suffering or happier dreaming!). That left “counts” for me, so I use that as “nothing counts” – as in nothing actually adds up to anything (like the treause no longer amounts to anything if what you need is love, or if the economy collapses – yet it did appear as matter, coins or jewels). So this is why I never asked what I did in person. It is just my interest in etymology and how communication changes with the use of words. I tried to ask about the meaning of the words to you in my question (ask “Fred” the unit), but not un-relatedly I didn’t succeed! And it doesn’t matter or count to me, as the Tower of Babel is a foundation of the dreaming! If there’s an emphasis on definitions or laws, we’re just babbling (and children don’t know how to count yet, so that babbling is just for the fun of it!)

    • Fred Davis
      April 27, 2020 @ 4:55 pm

      Thank you, Mike!! Sorry I goofed!♥

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