Unhastening to Rehope

“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

– – – – – – –

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.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: