TURN your attention upon yourself
and beware of judging
the deeds of other men, for in judging others a man labors vainly, often makes mistakes, and easily sins; whereas, in judging and taking stock of himself he does something that is always profitable
We frequently judge that things are as we wish them to be, for through personal feeling true perspective
is easily lost.
were the sole object of our desire
, we should not be disturbed
so easily by opposition to our opinions. But often something lurks within or happens from without to draw us along with it.
Many, unawares, seek themselves in the things they do. They seem even to enjoy peace of mind
when things happen according to their wish and liking, but if otherwise than they desire, they are soon disturbed and saddened. Differences of feeling and opinion often divide friends
and acquaintances, even those who are religious and devout
An old habit
is hard to break, and no one is willing to be led farther than he can see.
If you rely more upon your intelligence
or industry than upon the virtue of submission
to Jesus Christ
, you will hardly, and in any case slowly, become an enlightened
man. God wants us to be completely subject to Him and, through ardent love, to rise above all human
From "The Imitation of Christ" by Thomas A Kempis