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Although I’m not a Christian and wasn’t raised a Christian, I find that I frequently am drawn to the Christian mystics. One of my favorites is Howard Thurman. (1899-1981). His writing is clear and rings like a bell in me.
As I prepare to offer my 3 part class Stop Playing Small, which starts tomorrow (click here for info), I find myself going back, over and over again to a particularly favorite writing of Thurman’s. I share it here with you, hoping that you too will draw inspiration and motivation from it.
The Moments of High Resolve
Keep Fresh Before me
The moments of my high resolve
Despite the dullness and barrenness of the days that pass, if I search with due diligence, I can always find a deposit left by some former radiance. But I had forgotten. At the time it was full-orbed, glorious, and resplendent. I was sure that I would never forget. In the moment of its fullness, I was sure that it would illumine my path for all the rest of my journey. I had forgotten how easy it is to forget.
There was no intent to betray what seemed so sure at the time. My response was whole, clean, authentic. But little by little, there crept into my life the dust and grit of the journey. Details, lower-level demands, all kinds of cross currents — nothing momentous, nothing overwhelming, nothing flagrant — just wear and tear. If there had been some direct challenge –a clear-cut issue — I would have fought it to the end, and beyond.
In the quietness of this place, surrounded by the all-pervading Presence of God, my heart whispers: Keep fresh before me the moments of my High Resolve, that in fair weather or in foul, in good times or in tempests, in the days when the darkness and the foe are nameless or familiar, I may not forget that to which my life is committed.
Keep fresh before me the moments of my high resolve.
For The Inward Journey
by Howard Thurman
I find that it is SO TRUE that the small slippage is so much more challenging – the dust and grit of the journey, and the tiny compromises that happen have a greater impact than the direct challenges. Sometimes the honest self-assessment can feel brutal, and so we avoid it, saying instead that the little things aren’t that important. I’m realizing more and more that making the highest choices in these small moments is absolutely crucial. It isn’t easy.
I’m aware that it all matters. Love always matters. It is the ONLY thing that matters. In every moment we can bring Love or we can miss the opportunity.
It’s not easy, it’s profoundly challenging. This is why we gather together with like-minded friends. To support us in holding to the highest aspirations we can make. Together we can light the way on the narrow path and remember to remember.
Thank you, my dear friend, for being such a one on this journey of Love.
Stop Playing Small
Many spiritual students are light workers who feel called to step up and share their gifts and talents in ways that are profoundly fulfilling for themselves and everyone their lives touch. And yet they keep holding back. If that feels familiar, maybe it’s time to break through to the life you dream of! Find out how in this three-week tele-class—click here to learn more. Stop Playing Small is the second of three tele-classes that are included in the Masterful Living curriculum. If you’re interested in more than one, you might simply sign up for Masterful Living and see if it’s right for you. Click here to watch the Masterful Living videos.