Often we want to be able to see into the future. We say “How will the next year be for me? Where will I be five or ten years from now?” There are no answers to these questions. Mostly we have just enough light to see the next step: what we have to do the coming hour or the following day.
The art of living is to enjoy what we can see and not complain about what remains in the dark. When we are able to take the next step that follows, with the trust that we will have enough light for the step that follows, we can walk through life with joy and be surprised at how far we go. Let’s rejoice in the little light we carry and not ask for the great beam that would take all shadows away.
~ Henri Nouwen
Yet another gorgeous passage that I read on First Sip. Nouwen’s words remind me of E.L.Doctorow’s famous quote about how we can only see as far as our headlights, but we can make the whole trip that way. I think of those words every day.
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