I’ve done many condemnable things in the past. I was deeply self-centred and selfish. I was thoughtless, careless and ruthless. I made many people suffer from my actions and perhaps with my thoughts.
I spent many years punishing myself, consciously and unconsciously. I made myself suffer, probably more that I had made anyone else suffer before.
One day, helped by many wise masters that I had the instinctive wisdom of surrounding myself with, I realized that, paraphrasing Robert Holden, http://www.robertholden.org/
It is because the world is so full of suffering
that my happiness is a daily duty.
It is because the world is so unfriendly that my smile and as much kindness as I can muster, are a duty.
It is because the world is so full of war
that my peace of mind is a gift
It is because the world is in such despair
that my hope and optimism are a duty to my children and all my fellow human beings.
That is my daily atonement.
Arthur: “What is the best thing for being sad?”
Merlin: “To learn something.”
From 1967 script for Camelot’s Film by Allan Jay Lerner based on T. H. White’s “The Once and Future King”.
In my opinion and experience, also the best thing for growing old the right way up!