Over the years I've had many experiences that have inspired me to be true to myself. So far, my greatest inspiration has been a young man I met about four years ago called Leslie.
Before I met Leslie, I'd heard about those rare humans whose only desire is to serve humanity. Leslie fits that mould perfectly. Leslie has no desires, he doesn't even eat or drink. He prefers to spend most of his time in silent meditation; and when you're in his presence you just feel this profound peace.
From time to time, Leslie gives hugs, an outpouring of love that I find overwhelming. All ailments dissolve when you're being hugged by him.
Another wonderful thing about Leslie is that he doesn't judge; he accepts situations and people as they are.
I've been trying so hard to emulate Leslie but I've failed miserably. I am so grateful to have had such a Mighty being in my presence.
In case you're wondering where you can meet this wonderful being, I'm afraid Leslie doesn't do Darshan. Leslie tells me there are others like himself that people can go to for inspiration.
For those who care about details, not that it should matter, Leslie is my mother's teddy bear that she won in some raffle.
To paraphrase Rudyard Kipling's poem If, if you can stay in your peace when everyone is going nuts around you, you must be a teddy bear, my son.
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