As some of you are aware, I am currently going through boxes of photographs and other memorabilia from way back, and putting them into albums such that the stories will be available for future interested parties! I just recently came across this, which I had printed out a long time ago but, having just read it again, I still think that the message in it is quite profound.
“The Balance” – from the album “A Question of Balance”
Copyright 1970 – Graeme Edge & Ray Thomas of The Moody Blues)
After he had journeyed, and his feet were sore, and he was tired
He came upon an orange grove, and he rested.
And he lay in the cool,
And while he rested, he took to himself an orange
And tasted it … and it was good.
And he felt the earth to his spine, and he asked …
And he saw the tree above him
And the stars, and the veins in the leaf
And the light, and the balance
And he saw magnificent perfection
Whereupon he thought of himself in balance
And he knew who he was.
And he thought of those he angered … for he was not a violent man
And he thought of those he hurt … for he was not a cruel man
And he thought of those he frightened … for he was not an evil man
And he understood … he understood himself.
He saw that when he was of anger, or knew hurt, or felt fear
It was because he was not understanding
And he learned compassion
And with his eye of compassion
He saw his enemies like unto himself … and he learned love.
Then … he was answered.