Blame yourself if you have no branches or leaves; don't
accuse the sun of partiality. How much do we use our past to find reasons for
our faults or shortcomings today? Because we may have come from alcoholic homes
or impoverished households doesn't give us the license to place blame for the
way we are. We may feel we would be easier to get along with if other people
didn't act the way they did. We may believe we would have so many more hours in
the day if others didn't take up so much of our valuable time.
If one tree in a forest is thirsty and starved for sunlight,
it doesn't blame the other trees around it for drinking its water and basking
in its sun. If the tree wants water it spreads its roots wider and deeper to
seek water. If it wants sunlight it spreads its branches and reaches higher.
Like that tree in the forest, so must we concentrate on the things we need to
do for our nourishment and growth. Our health depends on ourselves, not upon
the failings of those around us. I can look at my growth, and do the things I need