Lenten Observance: Day 5

“Do your work, then step back.” “Can you step back from your own mind and thus understand all things?” Again, powerful stuff. As a Jesuit educated person, and a Unitarian, I am so much in my head (although being in there, I’m as lost as ever). And the mental image we have of ourselves, of the world, form something of a shield, and something of a prison. And yet, we cannot escape that fully. I think that those who remain humble, who don’t believe the press of their own brain, are often capable of doing great things (if sometimes small). But even the author of the “Tao” must use words to communicate ideas, which are mental constructions. So no getting around it. Humor, I think, sometimes works as a means to puncture the inflated balloon of our egos, and, in that, play an important role in our lives.

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