And when you’re alone, there’s a very good chance
you’ll meet things that scare you right out of your pants.
There are some, down the road between hither and yon,
that can scare you so much you won’t want to go on.
But on you will go
though the weather be foul
On you will go
though your enemies prowl
On you will go
though the Hakken-Kraks howl
Onward up many
a frightening creek,
though your arms may get sore
and your sneakers may leak.
On and on you will hike
and I know you’ll hike far
and face up to your problems
whatever they are.
You’ll get mixed up, of course,
as you already know.
You’ll get mixed up
with many strange birds as you go.
So be sure when you step.
Step with care and great tact
and remember that Life’s
a Great Balancing Act.
Just never forget to be dexterous and deft.
And never mix up your right foot with your left.
And will you succeed?
Yes! You will, indeed!
(98 and 3/4 percent guaranteed.)
KID, YOU’LL MOVE MOUNTAINS!
let it go –
the smashed word broken,
open vow, or the oath cracked lengthwise –
let it go
it was sworn to go
let them go –
the truthful liars and the false fair friends
and the boths and neithers –
you must let them go
they were born to go
let all go –
the big, small, middling,
tall, bigger, really the biggest
and all things –
let all go dear
so comes love
~ e.e. cummings
Remember that whenever you look without and react unfavorably to what you see, you have judged yourself unworthy and have condemned yourself to death. The death penalty is the ego’s ultimate goal, for it fully believes you are a criminal, as deserving of death as God knows you are deserving of life. The death penalty never leaves the ego’s mind, for that is what it always reserves for you in the end. Wanting to kill you as it’s final expression of feeling for you, it lets you live but to await death. It will torment you while you live but it’s hatred is not satisfied until you die. For your destruction is the one end toward which it works, and the only end with which it will be satisfied.
~A Course in Miracles
Just as kusha grass wrapped around rotting fish will soon begin to smell the same,
A person who associates with bad friends, in time, will certainly come to resemble them.
Shun unvirtuous friends who have bad characters, cynical outlooks, and prejudice,
Believe their own view to be the best, are boastful, and disparage others.
~The Treasury of Knowledge, Buddhist Ethics
“The hour is striking so close above me,
so clear and sharp,
that all my senses ring with it.
I feel it now: there’s a power in me
to grasp and give shape to my world.
I know that nothing has ever been real
without my beholding it.
All my becoming has needed me.
My looking ripens things
and they come toward me, to meet and be met.”
~Rainer Maria Rilke