Yours faithfully

The essential thing “in heaven and earth” is […] that there should be a long obedience in the same direction; there thereby results, and has always resulted in the long run, something which has made life with living.*
(Friedrich Nietzsche)

[E]veryone’s an expert on something. Often, the “something”has nothing to do with what you went to school for or even what you’ve been doing for however many years you’ve been working away at a job.**
(Chris Guillebeau)

I’ve just been out for a quick walk and was privileged to see and hear a skylark, just above me, faithfully doing what a skylark does best. All I want is to do the same – faithfully doing what I do best.

Before we can be faithful towards others we have to be at least willing to be faithful to ourselves, that is, to explore and express more about ourselves and what it is we want to do. There can be nothing better in life than to know who we are and what we want to do and turn up every day to express ourselves.

When we are faithful to ourselves then we are able to develop perseverance and can journey further – our long obedience or faithfulness in the same direction.

John O’Donohue wrote about the wonder of this life:

Time is eternity living dangerously.^

Then perhaps creativity is faithfulness living dangerously?

(*Friedrich Nietzsche, quoted in Eugene Peterson’s A Long Obedience in the Same Direction.)
(**From Chris Guillebeau’s Born For This.)
(^From John O’Donohue’s Eternal Echoes.)

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