Birth may be feared for the treacherous path it treads. It may be railed against for the pain it causes. Or it may be praised for what it brings forth.

Often it will be feared, and railed against, and praised, all at once, as the miracle of new life reaches for its fresh destiny.

The wise will seek to calm their fears and still their railings, though treacherous paths and pain are certain. Thus may they commence each of life’s many rebirths with praise rather than despair. For me, that has made all the difference.

From the Wisdom of Ashael

(Dreams and Shadows, The Aylosian Chronicles #1)