“If you’re too busy to reach out to people in your neighborhood or community, you’re too busy.”
“May God bless you with tears to shed for those who suffer from pain, rejection, starvation and war, so that you will reach out your hand to comfort them and change their pain into joy. And may God bless you with the foolishness to think that you can make a difference in the world, so that you will do the things which others tell you cannot be done. ” –A Franciscan Benediction
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Those are two selections from 5: Where Will You be Five Years from Today? that moved me in particular (though I liked many, many parts of the book). It was graciously given to me by JSho, one of our fellow Senoritas, last weekend. They really struck me because they really counter 2 principles of American (midwestern? first-world?) cultures that I have struggled with over recent years: the need for incessant busyness that stresses individuality over community, and the belief that what one person does to change the problems of the world does not make a big enough impact to make it worth our time, energy or hope.
I am so thankful these were shared with me. I am proud to declare that I am slowly learning the ways of slowing down in the name of people and community– and goodness knows I am CERTAINLY foolish enough to think that my deeds and thoughts change the world.