A journey to results

hello friends

we hope you have had a relaxing weekend, and that batteries have been recharged. The reality, we know is that often there is never quite enough time to recharge fully, and the week may start with tiredness and less energy than hoped. We put a lot of pressure on ourselves when it comes to results and ‘achieving’ (whatever that actually means). In a society that is so very much instant focused, the long road can sometimes feel discouraging. I have always found it really important to have a goal to focus on, but perhaps there is a flip side too. When the goal, the result, becomes the only important aspect, then the journey, the process of actually living, can lose meaning. And that really would not be worth it.

Do not depend on the hope of results. You may have to face the fact that your work will be apparently worthless and even achieve no result at all, if not perhaps results opposite to what you expect. As you get used to this idea, you start more and more to concentrate not on the results, but on the value, the rightness, the truth of the work itself. You gradually struggle less and less for an idea and more and more for specific people. In the end, it is the reality of personal relationship that saves everything.

Thomas Merton

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