This quote has hung in my kitchen for at least five years. I bought it
the weekend I led my first retreat. It's penned on a sweet pewter bird,
and it reminds me to stay in touch with whatever God has in store for
me. To stay full of wonder, to look for signs, to fight the good fight
for what I know is right and true. To never give up, and to be true to
myself. This evening I was
back at San Damiano, where I led that retreat, one of my heart's
cherished homes. The meeting tonight was a board subcommittee on
On the drive home I remembered that bird, and the
Mother Teresa quote, hanging in my kitchen. I thought about my
fascination with the Promise that God has for each of us. That we're
here for a purpose. That we're drawn to things we love in this life, and
that those passions often hold queues to our purpose.
hard part is figuring out what might fulfill our promise. (And we are
all so full of promise.) I know I am in awe of a few people in our world
who seem to balance the dance of promise and fulfillment so
beautifully. Moses. Ruth and Naomi. Ellen DeGeneres. Wayne Dyer. Father
Rusty. Boy George (don't laugh, I mean it!, and if you and I ever sat
down for coffee, I'd share why I admire him with you) Somewhere in the
bitter and the sweet of life, I see that these people have found a
radiance, a wisdom, and honesty about who they are, and a desire to
share their divine gift with others. And often, they have an open heart
about how hard life's journey can be.
It's easy to forget to go
after our dreams. It's easy to get caught up in life and be so
overwhelmed by all the "doing" that we forget to just "be."
For today, take a few minutes to think about what people (past and
present, famous or not) seem to be living the balance of promise and
fulfillment. What about them makes them come to mind for you? Are these
attributes that you possess or would like to develop? What can you do to
remind yourself to continue to actively work on your life's promise?