A few posts ago you may have read The Missing Peace, a blatant message I received over the holidaze to find peace and put it where it belongs. The lesson continues into a new year as I am reminded of a resolution I’ve made for decades and gave up years ago: Kick it down a notch! Case in point read Wait!
My pace has been so wide open for so long that slowing down seems to require a sustained life change and multiple warm down laps around a track like a sweaty racehorse. You can’t immediately slow a vehicle down from 100 mph to 40 mph without throwing someone through a windshield. I’m not alone and it’s nothing new. In a letter to his mother in 1871, Frederic-Auguste Bartholdi, French sculptor of the Statue of Liberty wrote, “Everyone is running to and fro, pressed by the stomach ache of business.” Ask anyone how they are doing, “Oh! I’m CRAZY BUSY!”
“If the devil can’t make you bad, he’ll make you busy. He’ll even keep you so busy doing good things that you won’t have time for the best things,” Rick Warren.
Transitioning into a new year requires some modicum of pause and, dare I say, reflection. What you hear and choose to do within that pause is where the real work begins. Sanctuary is a prerequisite to growth, peace, and success. You must get out of your own way. Without renewal and reflection you are ill-prepared for the next leg of your journey.
“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 the activist neutralizes his or her work for peace,” Thomas Merton.
“…we have only two hands and one heart. In a deep and subtle way, the want to do it all is a want to be it all, and though it comes from a desire to do good, it often becomes frenzied because our egos seize our goodness as a way to be revered…..But when I cannot bring my entire being, I am not there. It is like offering to bring too many cups of coffee through a crowd. I always spill something hot on some innocent along the way,” Mark Nepo.
Fair warning. After experiencing respite, sanctuary and solitude, the world’s pace will seem obscene and, you will be resistant to re-enter its arena. Perhaps the message is to take the peace, the sanctuary into the chaos.
“Do not burn yourselves out. Be as I am – a reluctant enthusiast….a part-time crusader, a half-hearted fanatic. Save the other half of yourselves and your lives for pleasure and adventure. It is not enough to fight for the land; it is even more important to enjoy it. While you can. While it’s still here. So get out there and hunt and fish and mess around with your friends, ramble out yonder and explore the forests, climb the mountains, bag the peaks, run the rivers, breathe deep of that yet sweet and lucid air, sit quietly for a while and contemplate the precious stillness, the lovely, mysterious, and awesome space. Enjoy yourselves, keep your brain in your head and your head firmly attached to the body, the body active and alive, and I promise you this much; I promise you this one sweet victory over our enemies, over those desk-bound men and women with their hearts in a safe deposit box, and their eyes hypnotized by desk calculators. I promise you this; You will outlive the bastards.”
Food for thought.
~From the desk of Becky Morlok ~
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