Friday, October 5, 2012

Some Things to Think About (Day 5)

Our lack of rest and reflection is not just a personal affliction. It colors the way we build and sustain community, it dictates the way we respond to suffering, and it shapes the ways in which we seek peace and healing in the world. . . With a few notable exceptions, the way problems are solved is frantically, desperately, reactively, and badly. Despite their well-meaning and generous souls, community and corporate leaders are infected with a fearful desperation that is corrosive to genuine helpfulness, justice, or healing. 
-Wayne Muller
 To allow oneself to be carried away by a multitude of conflicting concerns, to surrender to too many demands, to commit oneself to too many projects, to want to help everyone in everything, is to succumb to violence.

The frenzy of our activism neutralizes our work for peace. It destroys our own inner capacity for peace. It destroys the fruitfulness of our own work, because it kills the root of inner wisdom which makes work fruitful.
-Thomas Merton

3 comments:

  1. Good stuff, girl. And good job borrowing other people's words today, so you could create a little margin. :)

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  2. I have been quietly reading your blog for quite a while....you don't me. I am a friend of a friend with a child with CHD. I wanted to say thank you for writing the past few days on Margins. My family suddenly and unexpectedly lost my father-in-law 3 months ago to sudden cardiac death, cause unknown. He was 49 years old and just dropped dead while we were on vacation. My husband and I have been searching, stretching and digging into the core of who we are and what we want for our family over the past several weeks and the audiobook you posted the other day (which I've already ordered) seems to be an answer to a prayer I've been praying for a long time now. Thank you. Keep writing. You are inspiring.

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  3. *sorry meant to write.....you don't know me*

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