The disease of men is that they neglect their own field and go to weed the field of others and
that what they require of others is great while what they lay upon themselves is light. Confucianism, Mencius 184.108.40.206
There's just something beautiful about walking on snow that nobody else has walked on. It makes you believe you're special.
Carol Rifka Brunt, "Tell the Wolves I'm Home"
You do not have to love me but talk to me.
You do not have to love me but talk to me. Tell me about your failures and I will show you the cause of them. Tell me about the things that scare you. Talk to me about your fears and your worries and leave them to me. I will not leave you. I am here. I will protect you, guide you and teach you.
You do not have to love me but talk to me. Tell me about your touchiness, your meanness, your laziness, your uncontrollable urges, your egocentrism. Talk to me about your prison and imprisoners. There is no need to be shy. I know you better than you know yourself. I know that talking about your weaknesses is the key to your freedom. And who better to talk to than me: who knows you so well?
You do not have to love me but talk to me. Tell me about your pain and suffering. But don't blame any other but me.
I am your teacher, your guide and your guardian. No one but me teaches you a lesson. Ask me why! I long for your why, what and when, how, where and who! Ask me and I will answer. I am your teacher and have the whole world at my disposal to answer. A sudden idea, a hunch, something a stranger says, something that happens or something you read. I am everywhere and so are my answers.
Ask me and I will give. Do not hesitate to ask me for blessings for the body and mind, for health and good memory, for good luck and success. Ask for yourself. Ask for others. Ask me anything and I can give anything. But trust me to do what and when I know is best. Ask me anything but don't question me.
You do not have to love me but trust me. I am your teacher, your guide and your guardian. I am your father and your mother. And I love you so.
The Great Spirit
PS Don't forget: split a piece of wood and I am there; lift up a stone and you will find me there. The Universe came forth out of me. And to me the Universe has come. Don't forget it! I am the light that is above all and I am all. (The Gospel of Thomas, the Apostle)
Tale for Today
Those who (think they) know but don't know themselves fail. The Gospel of Thomas, saying 67