Life in tension

When you cannot longer turn back, anxiety falls away, because now there’s only one direction to travel: forward into the consequences of your choice.*
Oliver Burkeman

We have unlearned the patience and attention of lingering at the thresholds where the unknown awaits us.**
John O’Donohue

Get the tension right between settling and exploring, and a greater life emerges.

When the tension goes awry, we are left with humdrum as one undesired possibility, or fantasising on unrealised possibilities as another.

Richard Rohr writes about the desire for more is not only good but holy:

It’s a kind of sacred discontent, a holy dissatisfaction, and a holy desire for more life, love, and generativity.^

What this requires of us is for us to give some expression to what matters most while ignoring not what does not matter to us, but what is important to us:

Figure out what it means
to put flesh and blood on it.
In your place,
at your time,
in your world,
figure it out.

You’ll do greater things than these.
Keep engaging,
keep arguing,
keep wrestling,
keep interpreting
keep dancing with it –
never stop turning the gem.
^^

*From Oliver Burkeman’s Four Thousand Weeks;
**From John O’Donohue’s Divine Beauty:
^From Richard Rohr’s The Divine Dance;
^^From Rob Bell’s What is the Bible?

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