From Ann Glover O’Dell’s Midwifing the Soul:
Don’t call me martyr!
I abhor the name!
to dissect what motivates
to label action
to pass judgment on behavior
pieced in hearsay quilts!
Don’t tell me who I am
for you don’t know!
You cannot read my heart
and if you could
would miss the wisdom
from the depths of pondering
self-absorbed requitement for existence first.
Don’t nominative my life with fickle flattery
that cheapens everything I hold most dear
and spreads a sense of soiledness throughout my soul.
Don’t speak to me of
what you might call sacrifice!
I shun the word as prostitution
of my own free will
and sure damnation
of God’s wealth of joy.
From Celia’s Images in a Reflecting Pool; a Journal:
Norman Vincent Peale counseled pacing in daily life (though he did not call it that). If in God’s own time, it is not there, it was not meant to be there. This also works to mediate against precipitous action. I don’t know that it would work in a life-threatening situation, but in my own life and work, I know that considered action and going with the flow (not bucking the tide) is what gets the job done.
On what really counts in life: “I’ve wondered if putting A Course in Miracles into practice in a fast-paced and demanding life is the best thing that I could do. But I don’t think life is meant to be as fast-paced as we live it.”