By Charles Corley, Jr.
VA Medical Center — Hines, IL
We have come together because there is no easy
way. We are searching step-by-step for a way and a
language: a way to see ourselves clearly and a language
to give and receive the love that is hidden
somewhere in each of us.
There are everywhere, blind streets and dead end
alleys, but together we are building an open road.
Bad choices do not account for failures, but only for
mistakes; and the only mistakes which count permanently
are not so much errors, as our willingness to
be defeated by them. The most pitiful thing is a man
or woman who thinks he or she has nothing more
to learn. For although there is not a man or woman
exempt from guilt or dishonesty, there are some who
love their guilt and dishonesty.
Warriors, this house is only brief shelter along
the way. My brothers and sisters can only extend a
hand and I am only a possibility. For what we are,
we have chosen to be; and because we choose, we
are responsible. So long as we only wait for something
to happen, time will be a thief and hope a crook.
Remember warriors, there is only one kind of magic and that is doing! ■
Writing Aide: Scott Buckley
Typist: Pat Kranzow