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Friday, June 17, 2005


Here's a quote that hits home for me from time to time by C.S. Lewis....

"The great thing if one can, is to stop regarding all the unpleasant things as interruptions of one's 'own life' or 'real life'. The truth is of course that what one calls the interruptions are precisely one's real life - the life that God is sending one day by day."

Lewis also puts this same sentiment in the mouth of Screwtape in the The Screwtape Letters when he coaches Wormwood to help inculcate the attitude "my time is my own" into his patient. That attitude is especially tempting to me as the weekend approaches.

Now that I've shamed you all into two days filled with selfless action, have a nice weekend!

1 comment:

unca said...

Absolutely. I have a friend who was and is still undergoing various kinds of radiation and chemotherapy. He told me that people keep telling him to look forward to the time when he can "get on with his life" (a phrase one hears a lot these days). Then he told me that he discovered that this IS his life (at least for now) and that his job is to try to live it as best he can. There is no such thing as "putting your life on hold" (nor, it seems to me, are we ever called to do so)
It also reminds me of part of a Longfellow poem my grandmother used to recite to get herself going:
"Let us, then be up and doing,
With a heart for any fate;
Still achieving, still pursuing,
Learn to labour and to wait."