365 Days for Travelers: Aug 1

PERMEATING AND AROMATIC INCENSE

The influence of unsavory people are like the
presence of an odor: gradually, you go astray
by being accustomed to their
unwholesomeness. Unknowingly, you also
become unsavory.

The influence of eminent people are like the
presence of aromatic incense: gradually, your
wisdom progresses by being accustomed to
their wholesomeness. Gradually, you also
become fragrant and fresh.

IRISES AND ORCHIDS

To be in the the company of virtuous people is like
being in a room full of irises and orchids;
eventually we grow unaware of their fragrances,
because we have become a part of them.

To be in the company of wicked people is like being
in a salted fish shop; eventually we grow unaware
of their stench, because we have become a part of them.