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Open Letter to Tim Tebow

Hello Mr. Tebow,

I have been a fan since your days at Florida and pray for your success as an individual and a football player. I am not a religious person, although I grew up in a Baptist home.  God and I have a special relationship, but it is different from most people who follow a particular secular religion. I enjoy the aspects of many different beliefs and have a great fondness for the philosophies of James Allen, Buddha, Jesus, Ayn Rand, Lao Tzu, and Joseph Campbell.

As a student of the art of meditation, we are taught to seek truth through observation. Truth holds no opinion, is not biased and sees Love in all things – even the beasts. I think that is the hardest thing, to love those who do not love themselves. But, that is the way of inner and outer Peace.

I understand fully that to love and accept another, we must first love and accept ourselves as the outer spirit is a reflection of the inner spirit. If we judge others, we judge ourselves just as unforgivingly. Krishnamurti wrote, What you are, the world is”, and so we are.

You speak of character often and I have observed yours to be genuine and kind. I feel most individuals fail to realize the effort, patience, and discipline it takes to develop one’s character nature and therefore are prone to slight it with such carelessness and ease. Self-improvement is never easy, can be quite painful and is tedious at best especially when faced with ignorance and unkind limitations from others.

James Allen wrote in The Way of Peace,

“He who strives to reach and to accomplish the divine will be tried to the very utmost; and this is absolutely necessary, for how else could one acquire the sublime patience without which there is no real wisdom, no divinity? Now and then, as he proceeds, all his work will seem to be futile, and his efforts appear to be thrown away. Now and then a hast touch will mar his image, and perhaps when he imagines his work is almost completed he will find what he imagines to be the beautiful form of Divine Love utterly destroyed, and he must begin again with his past bitter experience to guide and help him. But he who has resolutely set himself to realize the Highest recognizes there is no such thing as defeat.”

Do not be defeated by others who exposure their own inward character. We relate to others how we feel about ourselves and if our relation to another is mean and judgmental, well then, our inner spirit will be treated to the same treatment and conditions. Rather unfortunate and self-defeating I believe to those who fail at lifting up their thoughts before sharing them with the world.

I am sure you have read The Paradoxical Commandments by Dr. Kent M. Keith. The words are closely associated with Mother Teresa and the Missionaries of Charity where her own version of the lesson was found on the walls of her room. I thought you could use her wisdom about now. If you know this, may it be a reminder to you that people will disappointment you; but it was never between you and them anyway.

People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered. Forgive them anyway.

If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.

If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies. Succeed anyway.

If you are honest and sincere people may deceive you. Be honest and sincere anyway.

What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight. Create anyway.

If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous. Be happy anyway.

The good you do today, will often be forgotten. Do good anyway.

Give the best you have, and it will never be enough. Give your best anyway.

In the final analysis, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.

In conclusion, I feel what you are – your character and decency – makes the world a better place. Thank you for being you. If only more people could understand the connection between inner harmony and outer harmony, maybe the world would suffer less. Maybe we would appreciate those who strive for this balance and seek the goodness within ourselves and without.

Sincerely,

A Fan of your Character

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