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J. M. Hawkins & Geoffery Moore

Dear Soul,

I’m feeling a little down today. Lately, I think I’ve been in mourning over how much time I’ve lost in my life to things that, in the end, didn’t really matter. Could you just give me a few words for today? A little send off?

Dear Life,

How’s this? In any encounter with grief, be brief, be brave; the next, new moment is what you’ll save. Prepare the mind, reveal the heart. Take all your joy—let grief depart.

Dear Soul,

Care to expand on that?

Dear Life,

You may need a new personal myth. You’ve been operating as if you are the Hercules type—trying to “be all you can be.” But taking yourself that seriously can seriously over-stress most any heart.

Let’s try something a little more light-hearted. Imagine you’re more The Three Stooges type. Moe is your mind. Larry is your body. Curly is your spirit. They hurt each other because they can’t harmonize. But at least they stick together—and they’re good for a laugh. As a wise man has said, “The fool who persists in his folly shall become wise.”

Keep at it and you’ll at least wind up somewhere between The Three Stooges and The Three Wise Men. Oh, all right, your secret name can still be “Hercules”.

Today, in any encounter with grief, I’ll be brief, be brave. I’ll take what grief has to teach and move persistently along to the possibilities of the next new moment.

*The Dear Soul/Dear Life dialogs by J.M. Hawkins are adapted and used by permission. They are excerpted from his collection, Word From Soul City and were used in discussion groups that met in cities across America in the 1990s and early 2000s in response to the Life That Loves to Happen seminars with Landon Saunders.