“Maturity is an enormously important element in metaphysics. The change from where you are non-metaphysically to metaphysically is a matter of maturity. Take responsibility and realize that this is totally your life from beginning to end. Once you get into that, your life can change dramatically. Happiness becomes a commonplace thing in your life beyond what you have yet to experience.
It becomes a value in life to have an identification of individual direction. That will never stay the same because changes occur event to event. Although I like to talk in terms of the ultimate, there are bad days. My panacea for that is to stay in bed, pull the covers over your head, and forget it. Tomorrow, start all over again. The idea to go around and think you are goin to change the world when you are having a bad day is ridiculous. You are just having a bad day. You made a mistake. So what? That is not the end of the world. What you have to understand is that, for the most part, you are focusing and trying. That is all that really counts. You are not, by any stretch of the imagination, supposed to be a saint.
You show me anybody who makes a grand effort to focus and give only to other people, and I will show you a bell without a clapper. Their life is practically worthless. They try to build their life on the basis of other people’s response to them, and that is how they live. They haven’t got much in the way of their own life. The bell is there. The clapper isn’t.
You don’t go out and push the darkness back. You glow, and the darkness pulls back. If you are good as individuals, everybody close to you benefits and responds to that. They use that as they see fit, and you are very happy in letting them use it because you didn’t really give. It was just YOU being YOU.” – Gregge Tiffen