April 23, 2014

Complete in Every Moment

Unless we accept responsibility for our life, we will always resist change.  ~Unknown author

Prayer of St. Francis
sung by Sinead O'Connor
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace,
Where there is hatred, let me sow love
where there is injury, pardon

where there is doubt, faith
where there is despair, hope
where there is darkness, light
where there is sadness, joy

O Divine Master, grant
that I may not so much seek to be 
consoled as to console
to be understood as to understand
to be loved as to love.

For it is in giving that we receive
for it is in pardoning that we are pardoned
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life

Patience is a special kind of love. When we are patient with our self or others, we experience the sense that we are all "works in progress," that in each and every moment we are whole and complete.
This is the great paradox, because in the wider view, we are often aware of our longings and strivings and we feel unfinished, like a song.
It takes both persistence and practice to learn to play the music to sing a song. Persisting in the moment does lead to a stronger sense of accomplishment when the time comes that we both play the music and sing.

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