“Our lives are not our own. From womb to tomb, we are bound to others. Past and present. And by each crime and every kindness, we birth our future.”
“Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing
and rightdoing there is a field.
I’ll meet you there.
When the soul lies down in that grass
the world is too full to talk about.”
“I have come to the frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element. It is my personal approach that creates the climate. It is my daily mood that makes the weather. I possess tremendous power to make life miserable or joyous. I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration, I can humiliate or humor, hurt or heal. In all situations, it is my response that decides whether a crisis is escalated or de-escalated, and a person is humanized or de-humanized. If we treat people as they are, we make them worse. If we treat people as they ought to be, we help them become what they are capable of becoming.”
“A man sees in the world what he carries in his heart.”
“All of us are creatures of a day; the rememberer and the remembered alike. All is ephemeral – both memory and the object of memory. The time is at hand when you will have forgotten everything, and the time is at hand when all will have forgotten you. Always reflect that soon you will be no one, and nowhere.”
“Listen to the stillness within.
Do not bring the gravity of Self-importance
into your moment of solitude, but come unto the Spirit
with the light-heartedness of the young who are in
awe and wonder of the first morning in spring
where all things are new and germinate.
There is a sense of adventure, as with the young eagle
when spreading his wings for his virgin flight.
He knows he has to abandon his nest to soar the skies;
he also knows he has to be bold. It is something he must do
on his own, there is no help. There is expectancy of newness,
of wide and bright horizons, and the promise that all is well.
It is by dropping the shackles of the known that you glimpse
your possibilities and in the moment of forgetfulness
of nest-security the thrilling flight of the Soul is born.”