indispensable?

“I have come to believe that when we despair of praise, when the wonder of creation and our place in it are lost to us, it’s often because we’ve lost sight of our true role as creatures-we have tried to do too much, pretending to be in such control of things that we are indispensable.  It’s a hedge against mortality and, if you’re like me, you take a kind of comfort in being busy.  

The danger is that we will come to feel too useful, so full of purpose and the necessity of fulfilling obligations that we lose sight of God’s play with creation, and with ourselves.”

-Kathleen Norris, The Quotidian Mysteries

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