The Ferrari Experience

Ferrari599XXMy favourite author is Henri Nouwen, and I have most of his penetratingly honest books, which have a way of softening my heart and shaping my life. His book, ‘Gracias’, recalls how he sacrificially resigned from teaching at Yale to go and serve the poor of Bolivia and Peru. Wholly convinced, he went on a one-way ticket yet not twelve months later he wrote, “The poor of Latin America had not called me, and the Christian community back home had not sent me. My experience was not what I expected and as friends say, I can do more for the South from the North.” With that, he caught the next Pan Am flight home. I also have found myself in such unusual places that I had to wonder which brains – if any, I had employed to plan the trip. Zeal, you see, is a fine asset, a driving force with Ferrari power but like Ferrari ownership, it can consume you if you are not careful, and you need to know what you are doing. The ancient proverb puts it this way, “Zeal without knowledge is not good.”

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