Keep the jealousy in check. You’re forty years old for God’s sake, and it’s as much your fault as anyone’s.
And the frustration. Keep that in check, too.
Be and accept.
— § —
“The bright path seems dim;
Going forward seems like retreat;
The easy way seems hard;
The highest virtue seems empty;
Great purity seems sullied;
A wealth of virtue seems inadequate;
The strength of virtue seems frail;
Real virtue seems unreal;
The perfect square has no corners;
Great talents ripen late;
The highest notes are hard to hear;
The greatest form has no shape.”