|A Cottage by the Sea||
As life becomes harder and more threatening, it also becomes richer, because the fewer expectations we have, the more the good things of life become unexpected gifts that we accept with gratitude.
Suffering [of community in crisis] cannot be absorbed by individuals, no matter how tenuous and invisible the bonds of community are. Individuals cannot respond. You must do it as community, for safety, for comfort, and for survival.
Globally, we’re in this together. Depth is being forced on us by great suffering, which as I like to say, always leads to great love.
People often choose solitude over opportunities for warm and harmonious social relations; in such cases they are not fleeing from an evil but electing a greater good.
You do not need to know precisely what is happening, or exactly where it is all going. What you need is to recognize the possibilities and challenges offered by the present moment, and to embrace them with courage, faith, and hope.
Thomas Merton, the word for the day on www.gratefulness.org
For it is not the mere name of solitude but the good things which are proper to it that I praise. And it is not so much the solitary recesses and silence that delights me as the leisure and freedom that dwell within them.
The soul of a [solitary] journey is liberty, perfect liberty, to think, feel, do just as one pleases.
Valuing interior experience is vital to developing a sense of self, and how we reveal ourselves to the outside world has everything to do with how we stay out of view when we need to.