Thursday, July 07, 2011

MAY I...

May I be an enemy to no one and
the friend of what abides eternally.
May I never quarrel with those nearest me, and
be reconciled quickly if I should.
May I never plot evil against others, and
if anyone plot evil against me,
may I escape unharmed and
without the need to hurt anyone else.
May I love, seek and attain only what is good.
May I desire happiness for all and harbor envy for none.
May I never find joy in the misfortune of one who
has wronged me.
May I never wait for the rebuke of others,
but always rebuke myself until I make reparation.
May I gain no victory that harms me or my opponent.
May I reconcile friends who are mad at each other.
May I, insofar as I can, give all necessary
help to my friends and to all who are in need.
May I never fail a friend in trouble.
May I be able to soften the pain of the
grief stricken and give them comforting words.
May I respect myself.
May I always maintain control of my emotions.
May I habituate myself to be gentle, and
never angry with others because of circumstances.
May I never discuss the wicked or what they have done,
but know good people and follow in their footsteps.

Eusebius of Caesarea

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