Merely looking at something almost never causes change. Tourism is fun, but rarely transformative. If it was easy, you would have already achieved the change you seek. Change comes from new habits, from acting as if, from experiencing the inevitable discomfort of becoming.
In a time of finding, when the heart is softened with grief, and burdened with guilt; when all human refuge fails; when no rest can be found to the troubled mind, then it is that God applies the healing balm by his Spirit.
The one thing I have learned is that you can’t think your way through life. The only way to figure out what to do is to do –– something. Currently reading her book The Defining Decade, which is almost like having a session with a life coach (assuming it’s the kind of conversation you’d have with one.) It’s a challenge to live a healthy proportion of work and exploration, since too much work and no exploration is rigid, conventional, and exciting as floss. Too much exploration without work (that counts) risks making a person irrelevant, and trapped in a deepening state of (to quote Erik Erikson as quoted by Meg) “disengaged confusion.” Thus, I’m trying to wrap my head around how I’ve lived so far; it’s been an exploration of work, but more floss than expeditions. I taken risks, but why the nagging feeling that I’ve played it safe? If you’re going through a similar crisis, perhaps her TED talk on Why Thirty Is Not The New Twenty can shed some light.
You’ll become known for doing what you do. It’s a simple saying, but it’s true… The only way to start being asked to do something you want to do is to start doing that thing on your own. – Jonathan Harris (in his interview in The Great Discontent)
To be loved but not known is comforting but superficial. To be known and not loved is our greatest fear. But to be fully known and truly loved is, well, a lot like being loved by God. It is what we need more than anything. It liberates us from pretense, humbles us out of our self-righteousness, and fortifies us for any difficulty life can throw at us. Timothy Keller (quoted from his book, The Meaning of Marriage) Photograph by George Hoyningen-Huene
To eat is a necessity, but to eat intelligently is an art. – La Rochefoucauld Photo of gelato flower from pinterest, and from someone’s tumblr. Not the definition of intelligent eating, but it does make it a far more filling experience. Mmmmmmmmmmmmm.
Let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us, and establish the work of our hands for us. Psalm 90:17 Photo by Andre Ermolaev via thisiscolossal