By Johann Christoph Arnold
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I knew I couldn’t stay in that lifestyle and be true to what I was feeling inside. So I quit and spent the next several years trying to find a vocation I could give myself to wholeheartedly. One thing that’s clear: life can’t be lived selfishly. You’ve got to get out of your own little world and live for others. I spent so many years destroying my life and other people’s through my own selfishness. I have to keep asking myself: What is there I can do? How can I help? I can’t change the past, but I can spend the rest of my life trying to do something for others.
But remorseful? To admit one’s wrongs and feel truly sorry for them? To turn around? Harsh as it may seem, there is no peace without this. When a person takes responsibility for the things he or she has done wrong in life and turns around, a heart of stone becomes a heart of flesh, and every thought, every emotion, is transformed. A person’s entire outlook changes. 39 Drained turn around It is easy enough to set a wrong right by means of an apology, or to shut an eye and gloss things over; people do this every day.
Money had better be given away; organizations had better be disbanded; bodies had better lie separately. There is no peace at all, except in looking across time at eternity beyond – as one looks at a distant view from a mountain top. We will never find lasting peace unless we learn to trust, and we will never completely learn to trust until we have discovered humility. Yet though we would be foolish to expect these qualities to flourish in us overnight, they are powerful instruments of peace, well worth the effort it takes to master them.
Drained: Stories of People Who Wanted More by Johann Christoph Arnold