“Follow your own star”



“Love has no errors, for all errors are the want of love.”
William Law


Without a sincere effort to get ourselves out of the way, we can’t understand the needs of the people closest to us; we simply can’t see them clearly. Often, for example, good parents have goals for their children that their children do not share, goals that may not be in anyone’s best interests.

The summer I finished high school, living as I did as part of a large clan, I was barraged by many opinions – from uncles, aunts, brothers-in-law, everybody – about what I ought to do with the rest of my life. The only person who didn’t try to put pressure on me was my grandmother; she kept her counsel to herself.

My grandmother never heard of educational psychology – or, for that matter, of any other kind of psychology. But at the very end of summer vacation as I was taking leave of my family to go off to college, she called me over to her and whispered in my ear, “Follow your own star.”

~ Eknath Easwaran


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