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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

A Prayerful Attitude

It is said that we should have an attitude of prayer in all of life.  I know someone with such an attitude, although I have no idea of his religion.  Yet this person approaches all tasks with humility and openness to conceptual inspiration and to the suggestions, comments, and questions of others.  Even in the most complex work in which he has invested personally much time and effort, he stands ready at any moment to re-evaluate his approach in the light of the questions and thoughts of those who have made no such investment.  This is remarkable because true openness throws wide the door to additional complexity, work, and perhaps even the introduction of error.  Often, developers lack openness because of this reason—to be open to new ideas can threaten the investment one has already made—even to the legitimacy of one’s approach.  The opposite of quiet consideration is a closed, defensive posture often characterized by prejudice and a dismissive attitude. Finding someone with a truly prayerful attitude is remarkably rare.  It is thus with great appreciation that I honor my co-worker, Ryan Bennett. 


“Humility is the foundation of all the other virtues hence, in the soul in which this virtue does not exist there cannot be any other virtue except in mere appearance.”

—Saint Augustine

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