The new beginning must be new, and it must be radically different than the old way of life.
The old me: automatically assumes he is right and has the best intentions while others are wrong or misunderstand him and have the worst intentions.
The old me: places a high value on being or becoming a somebody in this world–if not in this life, then as a celebrated, post-mortem figure.
The old me automatically retreats. I am already looking for the exits, the corners, the quiet, shy people who won’t expect too much from me. The new me doesn’t seek out the social butterflies, but he doesn’t retreat, either. He just arrives and looks for the Spirit to flow between him and others.