The question to ask the Self is...
"if I do, or don't, do this,
will I be disappointed in me?"
The final choice is ours to make.
"I remembered one morning when I discovered a cocoon in a bark of a tree, just as a butterfly was making a hole in its case and preparing to come out. I waited awhile, but it was too long appearing and I was impatient. I bent over it and breathed on it to warm it. I warmed it as quickly as I could and the miracle began to happen before my eyes, faster than life.
The case opened, the butterfly started slowly crawling out and I shall never forget my horror when I saw how its wings were folded back and crumpled; the wretched butterfly tried with its whole trembling body to unfold them. Bending over it I tried to help it with my breath. In vain.
It needed to be hatched out patiently and the unfolding of its wings should be a gradual process in the sun. Now it was too late. My breath had forced the butterfly to appear, all crumpled, before its time. It struggled desperately and, a few seconds later, died in the palm of my hand.
The little body is, I do believe, the greatest weight I have on my conscience, for I realize today that it is a mortal sin to violate the great laws of nature. We should not hurry, we should not be impatient, but we should confidently obey the eternal rhythm."
(from Zorba the Greek, by Nikos Kazantzakis)
Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take,
but by the moments that take our breath away.
"You are led through your lifetime by the inner learning creature, the playful spiritual being that is your real self."
Richard Bach, ILLUSIONS: DIARY OF A RELUCTANT MESSIAH
I cannot give you the formula for success, but I can give you the formula for failure -- which is:
Try to please everybody.
Herbert Bayard Swope