It is useless to try to make peace with ourselves by being pleased with everything we have done. In order to settle down in the quiet of our own being we must learn to be detached from the results of our own activity.
It is only when we are detached from ourselves that we can be at peace with ourselves. We cannot find happiness in our work if we are always extending ourselves beyond ourselves and beyond the sphere of our work in order to find ourselves greater than we are.
It is, therefore, a very great thing to be little, which is to say: to be ourselves.
-Thomas Merton, No Man is an Island
The Lord said to her in reply, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and worried about many things.”
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I recommend praying with “You Define Me” by Kim Walker-Smith.
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