Do not expect your journey to be without tribulation

It cannot

Do not expect your purpose to appear as designed

It will not

Do not let despair keep you from your course

It will try


Your labors are the necessary ritual

     to open your heart

Hardship the vital burden

     to shape your character

Kindness the true test

     to fathom what is worthwhile

Love the finest means

     to witness the soul of an another

Courage the only guide that can carry you

     toward what awaits us all


               -Catherine Cruzan-