“Listen to your life.
See it for the fathomless mystery it is.”*
Dignity is essentially living our our worthiness.
It emerges from humility: being exactly who we are is to find our dignity.
‘What they really want, in fact, is to be helped to do the things they want to do. … The smallest thing can feel like magic to someone who has been living with a problem they may not be able to articulate.’**
Bernadette Jiwa reminds me that the thing which brings dignity to another doesn’t have to be big or complex. It does ask us to listen to our life, perhaps to ask, “Does this make me feel fully Human?”
I realise I’m stringing these random quotes together because it matters to me that people find out just how amazing they really are, and that they are able to share the beauty of their resulting art with others.
“Try not to become a person of success, but rather try to become a person of value.”^
Some wish for there to be an easier way, but shortcuts don’t take us to our dignity, as Robert Greene points out – mastery being a part of our dignity:
‘The very desire for shortcuts makes you eminently unsuitable for any kind of mastery.’^^
This sentiment is echoed by Seth Godin:
‘Sooner or later, it comes to this: Great work is the result of seeking out tension, not avoiding it. Great work doesn’t require reassurance, in fact, it avoids it.’*^
This last point from Godin is important, suggesting, as it does, that our dignity doesn’t come from outside, from another; it is already within us, waiting to be uncovered.
Create, give, enjoy.
(*Frederick Buechner, quoted in The Northumbria Community‘s Morning Prayer for 21/1/16)
(**From Bernadette Jiwa’s Meaningful.)
(^Albert Einstein, quoted in Bernadette Jiwa’s Meaningful.)
(From Robert Greene’s Mastery.)
(*^FromSeth Godin’s What To Do When It’s Your Turn.)