I grow quieter, as the years pass, regarding my own spiritual patterns. People can become enamored with pattern, with your cycle of prayer, with your spiritual disciplines, and as they do they begin to imitate a pattern instead of its source. I do not want to mentor people “into my image”. I want to point them into something that transcends it. If you encourage someone to copy a reflection, you are fostering a distortion. We must minimize ourselves so that others can see past us.