“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
Moving From the Head to the Heart
- How are you affected by seemingly new chaos almost every day?
- Has what has gone wrong in the past made you a better you?
- Can you respond to the coronavirus crisis to allow for that to happen again? . . . so that you become a needed gift to your world?
- We’re not automatically made better by difficulties and tragedy. What can you do to become stronger and more useful, rather than more fearful or embittered?
Abba, when it comes to the chaos all around me, all I can really control is me. Help me do that today.
For More: Becoming Wise: An Inquiry Into the Mystery and Art of Living by Krista Tippett
Song for the Day: Be Still My Soul by Abigail Zsiga