Commune with your soul within and consider how wonderfully you are created. Meditate long upon your nature, contemplate the powers you possess. Consider your needs and desires, thus you will find the proper path through life and a sure guide to direct your footsteps.
As the union of heat and tinder produces fire, so does the union of soul and body produce life in man. Nothing is constant in life, except wisdom, knowledge and skill. Life ebbs and flows, as the tide and the fortunes of men wax and wane as the moon. The rich become poor and the poor become rich. The powerful become weak and the weak become powerful. Where the stream flowed yesteryear is now dust, and the cooling waters have moved elsewhere. The lakes of last season have joined the wilderness, and the dykes have become pits. Fortune smiles upon the improvident, and misfortune smites the worthy. Men are born handsome or ugly, rich or poor, they inherit a life of ease of a life of struggle.
Here is wisdom, accept the nature of things as they are, for as such they accord with the Plans of God and are under the Law. But accept them not with resignation, as an affliction to be borne, but as a challenge to contest. Man must rise to meet life or be overwhelmed, this, too, is the Law. When the road seems long and the load heavy, remember that the stouthearted runner carries the greatest burden.
There is no constant in life, all is movement and change. Therefore, it is well to build the structure of your life on a foundation of things which are not easily removed. These are wisdom, skill and knowledge which once possessed cannot be taken away, as can hoarded gold and cherished chattels in the ebb and flow of life’s fortunes. Gold and silver are uneatable stones but wisdom is the food of the gods. Skill and knowledge define the difference between the ox with the yoke and the plowman with the whip.
Fear not the feelings which stir in the heart, for therein lie the greatest of life’s treasures. Taste their honeyed bitterness, and though you are consumed as you consume, something will remain which is yours forever. Life is matured and mellowed by the treasures which pain the heart, and without them the soul cannot develop.
~from “The Book of Morals and Precepts” within “The Kolbrin,” Chapter 4; Life
“The darker the night, the brighter the stars,
The deeper the grief, the closer is God!”
~Fyodor Dostoyevsky, “Crime and Punishment”