We are very good at preparing to live, but not very good at living. We know how to sacrifice ten years for a diploma, and we are willing to work very hard to get a job, a car, a house, and so on. But we have difficulty remembering that we are alive in the present moment, the only moment there is for us to be alive.
This being human is a guest house. Every morning is a new arrival. A joy, a depression, a meanness, some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected visitor… Welcome and entertain them all. Treat each guest honorably. The dark thought, the shame, the malice, meet them at the door laughing, and invite them in. Be grateful for whoever comes, because each has been sent as a guide from beyond.
Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.
…Our obligation to respect others is not necessarily contingent upon sharing the same opinions, perspectives and/or beliefs. In fact, following the Golden Rule of treating others as we want to be treated (note that it is not based on “how” we are actually treated), the lack of disrespect from others does not absolve a Christian from acting in charity and justice.
Whenever you think, ‘I’m a waste of space and I’m a burden’, that also describes the Grand Canyon. ‘Oh, but I owe people a lot of money and everybody hates me’ - hello, Europe! ‘Oh, but I killed someone!’ So have firecrackers and onion rings, who gives a shit? ‘Oh, but I’ve done some other horrible, unforgivable thing’ - there’s six billion of us, Google it. Somebody has done exactly what you’ve done, and they’re currently on a book tour. You’re never alone.
Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves like locked rooms and like books that are written in a very foreign tongue. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will find them gradually, without noticing it, and live along some distant day into the answer.