Mentored by Two Pines


Hiking along a moss covered trail, two large pines whispered to me.  “Stop Sir. We can hear your thoughts and before you may pass, you must look deep within yourself and offer us your truth. It is important that you not deceive yourself in your reply.  So Sir, our question is, Have you experienced the divine?” 

So I thought of the words of the great book, the prose of philosophers and poets. I thought of my time in the world’s great cathedrals and museums and replied, “Wise Spirits, I have seen little from men that gives me faith, but I have known the love of a child, I have witnessed the most beautiful sunsets. I have seen verdant valleys and vistas from the peaks of mountains and I have felt worshipful union with a woman. Only these experiences and those like them have given me faith.” 

The trees considered my answer thoughtfully and then spoke, “Sir, you are on a journey. You still have much to learn but have travelled far. You must remain true to yourself. Do not use others selfishly, but lead them wisely. Continue to become the man that we already know you are. Though you will travel far, our spirits will be with you.”


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