Tuesday, April 3, 2012
What to read for today.
Questions for your personal reflection.
What would today be like if, just for today, you refrained from “directing those you have not been appointed to direct, reforming those you have not been asked to reform, correcting those over whom you have no jurisdiction”?
Sharing with others: What caught your attention or provoked your thinking today?
One of the themes in this chapter is humility and false humility. One can be humble performing physical tasks like gardening or cooking. But one can be equally humble by using one’s intellectual powers. The thing to watch out for is vanity. Merton urges us not to claim ownership of our capabilities but to simply accept them and then to cheerfully carry out life’s duties.A related point is to stick to your own knitting, meaning to spend time improving yourself and stop trying to reform everyone else.
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