"Look at the lofty structure of all there is to see and allow yourself to become an indispensable part of everything you feel, everything you are and all you want to be. You will face life's difficulties like we all are made to face them, knowing that what we sometimes do is wrong, but also in the knowledge that what we more often do is right.
Our very growth of goodness springs forth from loving family, faith in self and neighbours and upright values, and is reflected in our inner strength to control our basest urge and contain our first negative thought about another; for after control and containment, the seeds of compassion take root in our most fertile soil and the path to eternal concern and consideration is paved out for the mere walking of it.
The best lessons I have learned in my lifetime have been the ones I have lived. In my earlier years of impatience and indulgence, my attempt to find the truth did but scratch the surface, whereas my maturer actions of more seasoned years enabled me to strike at the very soul that is lost, yet seeks clearer direction. I know that it does become possible to retrieve the reins of salvation from the jaws of hell and to move back from the precipice of human destruction, for I have on occasion looked into it and recoiled at what I saw. I have witnessed many vunerable others stare at the abyss before plunging themselves into it, into a pit of melancholy, lifelong misery, despair and depression.
I know that in my past profession as a Probation Officer, my ability to help others stemmed from having lived a life of good and bad, from having failed and succeeded, from having sinned and repented, but never from having put myself down, given up and thrown in the towel. Had I been endowed with only unblemished and wholesome experiences to call upon, I would never have got passed the front door in some of the houses I daily visited. They would have seen me for the well-intentioned 'do gooder' I never wanted to be. No, it was only my flawed character, my questionable lifestyle and my roots that stretched from hell to heaven that gained me entry into their houses and enabled them to trust my word and advice and see me as 'friend.' I was able to work well with offenders because I too had offended in my past and thereby recognised them as being 'my people'. I was eternally blessed with being able to see past their crime that brought them to me, and see the untapped goodness within the individual that remained and sense the nature of the dreams they never dreamed.
From what I had to offer, I know that when I best succeeded, I had managed to give out sufficient hope and inspiration and a strong encouragement for a belief in self. My relaxation classes of twenty-four weeks' duration taught them that we are all best content with our own company when we are most happy with self. My final group session always acquainted them with that wonderful quotation by the French philosopher, playwright and novelist, John Paul Sartre, 'If you are lonely when you’re alone, you are in bad company.'" William Forde: July 11th, 2016.