Out there somewhere siting in the soil
are flowers from the seeds that you forgot you planted.
They found the light despite accidental neglect,
darkness and drought, and found their singleminded way out and up
from under earth because they wanted a birth.
They wanted to taste sun and sky
and the beauty of their own unfolding…
Life doesn’t know how not to live.
The thought manifests as the word;
The word manifests as the deed;
The deed develops into habit;
And habit hardens into character;
So watch the thought and its ways with care,
And let it spring from love,
Born out of concern for all beings.
As the shadow follows the body,
As we think…, so we become
Follow the path of the unsafe,
Expose your ideas to the dangers of controversy.
Speak your mind and fear less the label of ‘crackpot’
than the stigma of conformity.
And on issues that seem important to you,
stand up and be counted at any cost
~Thomas J. Watson