All good intentions fall short
If not applied with clear insight and will;
All methods need technique,
Imbued with a heavy dose of skill.
Success is not arbitrary,
Manifestations is more than luck.
Good fortune mixed with effort,
keeps us from running amuck.
Principles require discipline to flourish,
Hopes need courage to live;
Wisdom is the success of a principled discipline,
Right skill aligned with right motive.
We can learn from life and we can learn from others.
But we must apply what we learn to succeed;
If we are lucky and have skillful method,
Perhaps then we can fulfill what we need.