I reprimanded my soul seven times!
The first time: when I attempted to exalt myself by exploiting the weak.
The second time: when I feigned a limp before those were crippled.
The third time: when given a choice, I elected the easy rather than the difficult.
The fourth time: when I made a mistake, I consoled myself with the mistakes of others.
The fifth time: when I was docile because of fear and then claimed to be strong in patience.
The sixth time: when I held my garments upraised to avoid the mud of Life.
The seventh time: when I stood in hymnal to God and considered the singing a virtue.
– Kahlil Gibran