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Thursday, August 9, 2012

My Heart's Desire

What do you desire with all your heart? (Serendipity Bible 10th Anniversary Edition, page 862).

I desire the same for me as for everyone else. I wish that everyone be imbued with a sense of worth and dignity that comes from the realization that they can be helpful and can make a positive contribution not only ultimately and finally but in everyday life.

This means that people are able to make and feel that they make a practical positive difference in the world. The other day I wrote a blog in which I quoted from Candide and the song “Make our Garden Grow” (“We'll build our house and chop our wood/And make our garden grow.../And make our garden grow..”). That's what I would like to do and to feel personally—and for everyone else I wish the same—that they can help make life's garden grow; the felt reality that they are contributing towards life (not death) and towards love (not hate) and towards a worthy peace (not a quiescence based on cruelty). While some conditions are so bleak as to mock all positive contributions, I would pray that a sense of worth and effectiveness penetrates even desperate situations.

The Lake Isle of Innisfree
by W. B. Yeats

I will arise and go now, and go to Innisfree,
And a small cabin build there, of clay and wattles made:
Nine bean-rows will I have there, a hive for the honey-bee;
And live alone in the bee-loud glade.

And I shall have some peace there, for peace comes dropping slow,
Dropping from the veils of the morning to where the cricket sings;
There midnight's all a glimmer, and noon a purple glow,
And evening full of the linnet's wings.

I will arise and go now, for always night and day
I hear lake water lapping with low sounds by the shore;
While I stand on the roadway, or on the pavements grey,
I hear it in the deep heart's core.

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