Do It Yourself

We have to walk that lonesome valley,

We have to walk it by ourselves.

Oh, nobody else can walk it for us.

We have to walk it by ourselves.

–Jesus Walked That Lonesome Valley, American Folk Hymn

What a joy for a child when he can tie his own shoe laces, she can button her own shirt. It’s a sort of freedom.

We grow up. We come to expect others to do for us. A guru bestows truth on us. A doctor gives a magic pill.

We become fit without feeding ourselves nutritious food. We become fit without exercising. We think someone else will do the work.

We expect someone else to do the hard work of spiritual practices and then bestow the truth of enlightenment upon us.

We have to walk it by ourselves.

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