PUBLIC LIFE --- PRIVATE LIFE
Our lives are inevitably divided into two parts.
The time that we spend alone is that part over which
we have the greatest control. This is a time of privilege
and responsibility. External pressures are lessened
and the importance of our own intelligence and our own strength
of will are intensified.
We must learn to relax in our private moments. We
must learn to let go and refresh ourselves. But we must also re-charge
our batteries in an efficient manner. We must take stock of ourselves,
take our own measure, Review our recent history, assess our progress,
define our areas
of weakness, review and analyze our errors, plan our future. We
must examine our conscience.
Time spent alone is time for caring for our bodies,
our minds and our souls, in a way that strengthens us for our return
into the public side of life. We may be somewhat selfish when alone,
in order that when we return to the company of others we may be
ready to turn our attention
generously to their needs, and so that we may be strong and happy
and giving of ourselves without care, restraint
(c) 1974 DBM