Whatever you do, do it with your whole heart. Are you on the drunk-and-dissolute path? Do that with everything you’ve got. Are you committed to awakening? Allow no one to deter, deflect or dissuade you. The key thing is not to hop from one path to another, to mix things up. Disaster that way lies.
Only the unexpected is true. Everything else is mental, a memory or a habit.
Slay your desires. Accept what comes.
We cannot really know what is going on inside another person. Each individual inhabits a private world.
The great kindness is not something we do but something we don’t do. We withhold judgment.
In a letter to her sister, Therese Martin, dead of tuberculosis at 24, wrote: “If you can bear with serenity the trial of being displeasing to yourself, then you will be for Jesus a pleasant place of shelter.”
In lay language, we commit a most grievous error when we judge ourselves.
A mistake is a mystery.
Whatever happens, happens for the best.