Meticulous Forbearance

Forbearance by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Hast thou named all the birds without a gun? 
Loved the wood-rose, and left it on its stalk? 
At rich men’s tables eaten bread and pulse? 
Unarmed, faced danger with a heart of trust? 
And loved so well a high behavior, 
In man or maid, that thou from speech refrained, 
Nobility more nobly to repay? 
O, be my friend, and teach me to be thine!

The disunity of outer self and inner nature is unsettling. It is the source of much of the angst and agitation on earth, personal and collective.

A great deal of human activity is devoted to assuaging this unease. It has, in fact, become an obsession. Desperate to reconnect with himself and with the world around him, man compulsively and impulsively obsesses with the details of living, in the frenetic attempt to bring balance to an imbalanced state.

Unity, integration, oneness, or whatever you might call it, is the overriding need. That said, the habits ingrained in the consciousness of man by centuries of disjointed living can only be reshaped through specific action and meticulous forbearance.

Correcting this dislocation will move mountains and no man can do it alone. We need one another. We provide examples, inspiration and motivation for one another. I long to meet those who provide and are eager to provide an example in this regard.

“O, be my friend, and teach me to be thine!”

7 thoughts on “Meticulous Forbearance

  1. B Wiley


    We do need one another. As you mentioned we provide and are provided much inspiration and motivation from one another. I am thankful for those in my life that have and are providing this and at the same time look to provide for others as well. Thank you for the reminder.

  2. Coco

    I appreciate your daily posts for the occasion it presents to hear some of what is stirring in your heart and your dear readers. I love to be inspired to be a better person, to let my higher self be the dominant influence of my words and deeds. I aspire to be one of those people that completes the circuitry so Heaven may again have authority on Earth through humankind. We do need each other, it should one of the joys and privileges of being alive!

  3. Kolya

    We do need each other and it’s not just those close to us. We can provide an example to others and will inevitably attract others who choose to live their lives like this, too.

  4. Chuck Reddick

    It seems to me that the key to everything is that we need to focus on providing for others. Today’s world seems to be filled with a “what’s in it for me” attitude. This unfortunately seems to be predominant at the business level, and frankly it is that attitude that causes business’ to struggle. If instead we would only remember that we are not here to serve ourselves but instead to be of value and provide to others than those mountains that you speak of can move.

  5. David R

    The theme of integration has been strong in my heart too of late.Unless we are integrated with the Central Current of life, we cannot experience integration with the many others who are vital to our fulfillment. No one has significance apart from others, apart from the functional, purposeful design from which we all spring. Surely the central longing should be refocused, continually as required, in the will of that integrating Central Current!

  6. Steve V

    Your words are so true we are here to provide an example of inner and outer congruence. It is very strengthening to acknowledge others with the same inclination. I appreciate the forum you are providing for such a meeting place.

  7. Zach

    Everyone wants unity, whether they admit it consciously or not. It is our nature.
    I have found in the modern world that many of the activities we are pressed towards are designed to have us forget this lack of unity. We while the hours away, rationalizing our wasted time, trying not to feel or think. I do not want to live this way, and forbearance is the only method to get out of the cycle.

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