“I’m not surprised by the fact that inexplicable and terrible things happen in a cosmos as complicated as ours, with sentient beings like us running the show. But I am emboldened by the fact that surprise is the only constant. We are never really running the show, never really in control, and nothing will go quite as we imagined it. Our highest ambitions will be off, but so will our worst prognostications. I am emboldened by the puzzling, redemptive truth to which each and every one of my conversations has added nuance, that we are made by what would break us. Birth itself is a triumph through a bloody, treacherous process. We only learn to walk when we risk falling down, and this equation holds—with commensurately more complex dynamics—our whole lives long. I have heard endless variations on this theme—the battle with illness that saves the life that follows; the childhood pain that leads to vocation; the disability that opens into wholeness and a presence to the hidden wholeness of others. You have your own stories, the dramatic and more ordinary moments where what has gone wrong becomes an opening to more of yourself and part of your gift to the world. This is the beginning of wisdom.” Krista Tippett
“Joyful is the person who finds wisdom,
the one who gains understanding.”
Moving From the Head to the Heart
- Have you experienced being made by “what would break” you?
- In what ways have terrible difficulties in your life become “an opening to more of yourself?” How would you describe that new self?
- Have difficulties or tragedies helped to shape your “gift to the world?” What do you understand as your gift to the world?
- If you haven’t been shaped or made more valuable by great difficulties in your life, why is that?
Abba, make me a good student of the mystery and art of living.
For More: Becoming Wise: An Inquiry Into the Mystery and Art of Living by Krista Tippett
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