Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Commitment ...

When talking to Sytske yesterday about some work we will do together this autumn, her eye fell on a quote she was offered by John, and it's a piece of old wisdom by Goethe ...

"Until one is committed there is always hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness, concerning all acts of initiative and creation, there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans. The moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising to one's favour all manner of unforeseen accidents and meetings and material assistance which no man could have dreamed would come his way. Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it."

It was just what was right to remind us to commit to our intention. And then on the Presencing community website today i noticed a link to a video that reminded me of the importance of a sense of wonder ....

So commitment and wonder - and then we are nearly coming back to old Benedictine values of stabilitas, conversio morum and obedientia ... staying with things and continuously listening out for what needs to be heard.

It's just so scary sometimes to be bold!

Love, Anjet

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