One of the great gifts of life is growing in to a sense of self that knows itself, is rested and secure, is armed against all forms of manipulation, and understands and imparts its unique contribution to life. It takes a long, long time and often a lot of pain and struggle to begin to breath that kind of air.
Isn’t it strange how for many of us we only seem to enter that rare atmosphere of spirit in the last quarter of life, after we’ve done so much living without it. Perhaps there is something beyond the veil. Only then does this long and hard preparation make any sense.
A true test of whether we are breathing this air of self-knowledge and confidence in who we are, is found in Oscar Wilde’s words: “Anybody can sympathize with the sufferings of a friend, but it requires a very fine nature – it requires, in fact, the nature of a true Individualist – to sympathize with a friend’s success.”