February 16, 2012
I came across this today, and it is so powerful that I want to share it:
“Be anything you want. Be madmen, drunks, and bastards of every shape and form. But at all costs avoid one thing: success.”
– Thomas Merton
“As my extended family gathered around the Thanksgiving dinner table before the market crash in 2008, conversation with cousins flowed about friends making big money with technology start-ups: ‘more, more; faster, faster; bigger, bigger.’
A hail of laughter greeted me when I quietly muttered that my ambition was, ‘poorer, poorer; slower, slower; smaller, smaller.’
“Broken dreams and relationships do not need to destroy us. Instead, with consciously applied inner work, they can become small doors that lead to greater wholeness.
“It takes a contemplative mind to see one’s own inner contradictions, the failures and inherent betrayals within our own lives and the institutions that we help to create. Those who take this journey of descent into their own sacred wound understand that what is flawed in them is somehow intimately connected to the unique gift that they have to offer to a broken world.”
-Bob Sabath (You can read the full article on Sojourners)
These are wise words for all of us, I think. Words of wisdom and strength and beauty – a reminder that our flaws are an integral part of the gift that we can offer the world around us. Today I have great gratitude for this.