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Paul H. Beattie
my mind is still and alone with the beating of my heart, I find a quiet
assurance, an inner peace, in the core of my being. It can face the doubt, the
loneliness, the anxiety -- it can accept these harsh realities and can even grow
because of these challenges to my essential being.
my mind is still and alone with the beating of my heart, I can sense my basic
humanity, and then I know that all men and women are my brothers and sisters.
Nothing but my own fear and distrust can separate me from the love of friends.
If I can trust others, accept them, enjoy them, then my life shall surely be
richer and more full. If I can accept others, this will help them to be more
truly themselves and they will be more able to accept me.
When my mind is still and alone with the beating of my heart, I know how much
life has given me: the history of the race, friends and family, the opportunity
to work, the chance to build myself. Then wells within me the urge to live more
abundantly, with greater trust and joy, with more profound seriousness and
earnest striving, and yet more calmly at the heart of life.
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Last updated on Tuesday, February 19, 2013.
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