You cannot stay at the same level as when you first practiced your truth, life won’t let you.
You have to learn when it’s best to delegate those hard physical jobs to others while you tackle the heavy thinking.
No matter what the odds say, be even with who you truly are.
Self realization of strengths and weaknesses is the first step towards salvation.
In Cosmic Ordering, we put our trust
For this entire walk, my desire had ashamed me, as if my wanting to be kissed that night mitigated the fault of Junior’s sudden deafness. I’d been given stacks of reasons to blame myself for an act of violence committed by another. I had blamed my flirting for his subsequent felony. My college taught me: my rape was my shame. Everyone I’d trusted asked only what I might have done to let it happen.
In my gut, I’d always believed I’d caused it.
I finally questioned it.
Your friends drag you down, Gordie. Don’t you know that? … Your friends do. They’re like drowning guys that are holding onto your legs. You can’t save them. You can only drown with them.
You must change your ideals and values if you find yourself fighting the same battles year after year.
Be excellent in your own terms. Do not look for approval from a single soul on this planet. Respect yourself and in time the whole world will respect you. It is a tragedy of modern life that the light of truth scares the society much more than the darkness of ignorance.
When I speak of good hearing, I do not mean listening to others; I mean simply listening to yourself. When I speak of good eyesight, I do not mean looking at others; I mean simply looking at yourself. He who does not look at himself but looks at others, who does not get hold of himself but gets hold of others, is getting what other men have got and failing to get what he himself has got. He finds joy in what brings joy to other men, but finds no joy in what would bring joy to himself.