There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn't true; the other is to refuse to believe what is true.
Father Mother God, thank You for Your
presence during the hard and mean days.
For then we have You to lean upon.
Thank You for Your presence during the
bright and sunny days, for then we can
share that which we have with those who
And thank You for Your presence during the
Holy Days, for then we are able to
celebrate You and our families
and our friends.
For those who have no voice, we ask You
For those who feel unworthy, we ask You
to pour Your love out in waterfalls of
For those who live in pain, we ask You to
bathe them in the river of Your healing.
For those who are lonely, we ask You to keep
For those who are depressed, we ask You to
shower upon them the light of hope.
Dear Creator, You, the borderless sea of
substance, we ask you to give all the
world that which we need most--Peace.
I would like to beg of you, dear friend, as well as I can, to have patience with everything that remains unsolved in your heart. Try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books written in a foreign language. Do not now look for the answers. They cannot now be given to you because you could not live them. It is a question of experiencing everything. At present you need to live the question. Perhaps you will gradually, without even noticing it, find yourself experiencing the answer, some distant day. Perhaps you are indeed carrying within yourself the potential to visualize, to design, and to create for yourself an utterly satisfying, joyful, and pure lifestyle. Discipline yourself to attain it, but accept that which comes to you with deep trust, as long as it comes from your own will, from your own inner need, accept it, and do not hate anything.
Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet