what is it about the meek and the future?


“And the point is to live everything.  Live the questions now.”*

‘In one study, dieters who kept a food diary lost twice as much weight as dieters who didn’t bother.’**

This isn’t about dieting but about the magic of journalling.

Journalling can take many different forms – online, notebook, image, word, public, private, long, short – but one of the brilliant things it allows us to do is fexplore a question, to reflect upon the journey.  It makes it possible to embrace incoming information and turn it into outbound action.

A friend told me yesterday about half a group of professionals being led through a journalling exercise rebelling, refusing to take part.  Of course, people are free to do this, but it’s an odd response.

Can there be a decent answer without fully exploring the rabbit-hole of questions – there’s never only one – or there be a destination without an engaging journey?

Although journalling doesn’t have to take up a lot of time, it allows us to slow down to notice, to be honest and face reality, and to understand there’s more about us than meets the eye, the fullness of meekness.  And meekness awakens the future.

‘Yes, we are broken, but at the same time we are awakening to our brokenness.’^

(*Rainer Maria Rilke, quoted in the Northumbria Community‘s Morning Prayer.)
(**From Gretchen Rubin’s The Happiness Project.)
(^From Alex McManus’s Makers of Fire.)


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