Questing Inward

来源: 录入者:龚苑 发布时间:2017年03月31日

Questing Inward


"On my head pour only the sweet waters of?serenity. Give me the gift of the Untroubled Mind."


Once, as a young man full of?exuberant?fancy, I undertook to draw up a?catalogue?of theacknowledged?"goods" of life. As other men sometimes?tabulate?lists of properties they own or would like to own, I set down my?inventory?of?earthly?desirables: health,love, beauty, talent, power, riches, and fame.


When my?inventory?was completed I proudly showed it to a wise elder who had been the?mentorand spiritual model of my youth. Perhaps I was trying to impress him with my?precocious?wisdom. Anyway, I handed him the list. "This", I told him confidently, "is the sum of mortal goods. Could a man possess them all, he would be as a god.”


At the corners of my friend's old eyes, I saw wrinkles of amusement gathering in a patient net.An excellent list," he said,?pondering it thoughtfully. "well?digested in content and set down in not-unreasonable order. But it appears,my young friend,that you have?omitted the most importantelement?of all.You have forgotten the one?ingredient,lacking which each possession becomes ahideous?torment."


"And what,"I asked,peppering my voice with?truculence,"is that missing?ingredient?"


With a pencil?stub?he crossed out my entire schedule. Then, having?demolished my?adolescentdream structure at a single?stroke, he wrote down three?syllables: peace of mind. "This is the gift that God reserves for His special Proteges," he said.


Talent and beauty He gives to many. Wealth is?commonplace, fame not rare. But peace of mind-that is His final?guerdon?of approval, the fondest?insignia?of His love.He bestows it charily. Most men are never blessed with it: others wait all their lives-yes,far into advanced age-for this gift to descend upon them."