May you go forth under the strength of heaven,
under the light of sun,
under the radiance of moon;
may you go forth with the splendor of fire,
with the speed of lightning,
with the swiftness of wind;
may you go forth supported by the depth of sea,
by the stability of earth,
by the firmness of rock;
May you be surrounded and encircled,
with the protection of the nine elements
TWICE THE PRICE
A man was on the side of the road with a large birdcage. A boy
noticed that the cage was full of birds of many kinds. "Where did you
get those birds?" he asked.
"Oh, all over the place," the man replied. "I lure them with
crumbs, pretend I'm their friend then when they are close, I net them
and shove them into my cage."
"And what are you going to do with them now?"
The man grinned, "I'm going to prod them with sticks, and get
them really mad so they fight and kill each other. Those that
survive, I will kill. None will escape."
The boy looked steadily at the man. What made him do such
things? He looked into the cruel, hard eyes. Then he looked at the
birds, defenseless, without hope. "Can I buy those birds?" the boy
The man hid a smile, aware that he could be on to a good thing
if he played his cards right. "Well," he said hesitantly, "The cage
is pretty expensive, and I spent a lot of time collecting these birds,
I'll tell you what I'll do, I'll let you have the lot, birds, cage and
all for ten pounds and that jacket you're wearing."
The boy paused, ten pounds was all he had, and the jacket was
new and very special, in fact it was his prized possession. Slowly, he
took out the ten pounds and handed it over, then even more slowly he
took off his jacket, gave it one last look then handed that over too.
"Thank you very much," the man said. "What are you going to do with
all these birds now?" The man stood watching in disbelief, a muffled
utterance escaping his lips as the child opened the door to release
Looking up into the eyes of the hardened man, the small child commented
in response, "Hate holds on, while Love lets go."