Steinbeck on Timshel

The Hebrew word timshel — Thou mayest — that gives a choice. It might be the most important word in the world. That says the way is open. That throws it right back on a man. For if Thou mayest — it is also true that Thou mayest not… Thou mayest makes a man great, that gives him stature with the gods, for in his weakness and his filth … he has still the great choice. He can choose his course and fight it through and win.

John Steinbeck
East of Eden

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Advice from my Dad

Every honest man has one or more moments where something deep within that he didn’t know was there, cries out. That’s a good thing. Being up front with God is too rare an accomplishment. He’s been cursed before and if that’s what it takes to bring a person to reality about themselves, He’s a willing participant. I’ve been there. {I just wouldn’t make a habit of it.}

[Words of wisdom from my Dad]