Being Gentle

May I be no man’s enemy, and may I be the friend of that which is eternal and
May I never quarrel with those nearest me; and if I do, may I be reconciled

May I love, seek and attain only that which is good.
May I wish for all men’s happiness and envy none.
May I never rejoice in the ill-fortune of one who has wronged me.
When I have done or said what is wrong, may I never wait for the rebuke of others,

but always rebuke myself until I make amends.
May I win no victory that harms either me or my opponent.
May I reconcile friends who are angry with one another.
May I to the extent of my power, give all needful help to my friends and to all who

are in want.
May I never fail a friend who is in danger.
When visiting those in grief, may I be able, by gentle and healing words, to soften

their pain.
May I respect myself.
May I always keep tame that which rages within me.
May I accustom myself to be gentle, and never be angry with people because of

May I never discuss who is wicked and what wicked things he has done, but know

good men and follow in their footsteps.

- Eusebius, Third Century –

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