by Minnie Louise Haskins (1875-1957)
And I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year:
“Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown.”
And he replied:
“Go out into the darkness and put your hand into the Hand of God.
That shall be to you better than light and safer than a known way.”
So I went forth, and finding the Hand of God, trod gladly into the night.
And He led me towards the hills and the breaking of day in the lone East.
“The first step in our communication strategy is to suppress our desire to persuade or correct the person with whom we disagree, but rather to listen.” ~ Tim Muehlhoff, I Beg to Differ: Navigating Difficult Conversations with Truth and Love
Waking Up to the World of Others
by G.K. Chesterton
When we went hunting the Dragon
In the days when we were young,
We tossed the bright world over our shoulder
As bugle and baldrick slung;
Never was world so wild and fair
As what went by on the wind,
Never such fields of paradise
As the fields we left behind:
G.K. Chesterton. Where to begin?
I suspect he had an insatiable curiosity and child-like wonder as big as his belly and a sense of humor that outran itself so often that he had to restrain it with paradox. In fact, his wit was so quick, he gave up trying to catch it.
Thankfully, he was a wholly sweet-tempered and virtuous man, so his wit wasn’t used to belittle.
And though he had an irrepressible sense of wonder and innocence that rivaled a child’s, he was more grown-up than the most of us when it came to understanding the world. There was not an ounce of pretension in that hulking figure of his, either. Not an ounce.
I am going to give him a big hug when I meet him one day.