Why do we have to spend our lives striving to be something we would never want to be, if we only knew what we wanted? Why do we waste our time doing things which, if we only stopped to think about them, are just the opposite of what we were made for?
James Martin. Becoming Who You Are: Insights on the True Self from Thomas Merton and Other Saints (Christian Classics) (Kindle Locations 178-180). Kindle Edition.
A tree does not have to figure out what kind of tree it is. It is the tree it was made to be.
But we humans have to TAKE THE TIME to discover our true selves.
This is part of the work of the spiritual life.
Don't waste your time being what you are not.
Don't waste your life being what you think others want you to be.
Here you are celebrating your birthday at four years old. I read a poem this morning during my meditation time that made me think of you and your celebration this past weekend. I was reminded that the further we get from the womb of our birth, the more we probably forget where we came from. We lose our divine eyes and everything seems separate from us. But even though we may be unaware, God's presence is always with us and wishes to work through us. We can't get away from God but we can forget.
Here is Hafiiz:
It is possible that just a drop of dye from
a vial the Friend holds could change the color
of the ocean.
I know I have talked about this in different poems,
this basic concept,
but I will now say it from a slightly different
angle in case that first arrow I shot completely
The presence of a Perfect One reaches a seed that is planted in you,
and from that divine warmth, God will lose His
shyness, thaw as it were, and no matter what now,
no matter what you do, the sacred will begin to
grow inside. The color of your ocean will change.
The drop of holy water, the needed dye, has
touched your forehead,
the air did that to you at birth, as did the first
"Reading is the best way I know to learn how to examine your life. By comparing what you've done to what others have done, and your thoughts and theories and feelings to those of others, you learn about yourself and the world around you. Perhaps that is why reading is one of the few things you do alone that can make you feel less alone; it's a solitary activity that connects you to others."