Saturday, November 17, 2012

The Answer Is Simple

To accept oneself as one is; to accept life as it is: these are the two basic elements of childhood's simplicity and humility. But it is one thing to say this and another to do it. What is involved? First of all, it involves the abandoning of all unreality in ourselves. But even granted that we have the courage to face ourselves and to root out every trace of pretense, how shall we then tolerate the emptiness, the insignificance, that we built up our elaborate pretense to cover? 

The answer is simple. If we are afraid to know ourselves for what we are, it is because we have not the least idea of what trial is. It is because we have not the least idea of the miracle of  life-giving love that we are. There is no pretense that can approach the wonder of the truth about us, no unreality that comes anywhere near the reality. 
                                                                                                 -- Caryll Houselander  

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4 comments:

elena maria vidal said...

Thank you for the link!

Sally Thomas said...

You're very welcome. I love Caryll Houselander, and your piece on her is really lovely.

Victor said...

I just stopped by your Castle in the Sea to ask if you were still praying for me?

I hear ya! Long time no see, so how ya been doing Victor?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PuFwHJ52iQo&feature=autoplay&list=AL94UKMTqg-9Cou_4mH8uWUHudtqCHAYed&playnext=10

Thanks for asking :)

Peace

Sally Thomas said...

Too true: long time no see.

Saying a prayer for you now, Victor, in the hope that all is well with you.