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Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Falling Upward + For those in the second half of life
The following is a meditation I received last week by Fr. Richard Rohr, a Franciscan in Albuquerque. Perhaps it will speak to you as it did to me.
this: no one can keep you from the second half of life except
yourself. Nothing can inhibit your second journey except your own lack
of courage, patience, and imagination. Your second journey is all yours
to walk or to avoid. My conviction is that some falling apart of the
first journey is necessary for this to happen, so do not waste a moment
of time lamenting poor parenting, lost jobs, failed relationships,
physical handicaps, gender identity, economic poverty, or even the
tragedy of any kind of abuse. Pain is part of the deal. If you don’t walk into the second half of your own life, it is you who
do not want it. God will always give you exactly what you truly want
and desire. So make sure you desire, desire deeply, desire yourself,
desire God, and desire everything good, true, and beautiful.