If no-one comes to help me and no-one gives me a passing thought or cares a bit about what happens to me, then I pray to you, O Lord. For what happens next, see Psalm 142
Henri Nouwen was restless, terribly busy yet for all that activity never certain that he was moving down the right path. Pére André, his mentor told him to keep a careful eye on the difference between urgent things and important things. He said, “If you allow the urgent to dominate the day, you will never do what is truly important and you will always feel dissatisfied. To be surrounded by urgent things is your character and your way of living. You moved from Harvard University in the USA to rural France to get away from a busy life, and now life here is as busy for you as Harvard ever was. The issue is not where you are, but how you live – wherever you are. For you this means a constant choosing of what is important, and being willing to leave urgent things for later or not do them at all.” I look into the mirror of Henri Nouwen and I see myself. I too am also highly experienced in turning a solitary life as a writer into a wearying whirlpool of busyness. I have a way of allowing the good to become the enemy of the best. Strangely, I am not the only one.
I know that it was important to write this for you. I will go now and deal with the urgent. Henri Nouwen would be pleased.
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