On Doing & Being

photo of Thomas Merton
Thomas Merton
I came across this lovely quote from Thomas Merton on the Facebook page of Tao & Zen. It’s even more true now than when Merton wrote these words.

“We are so obsessed with doing that we have no time and no imagination left for being. As a result, men are valued not for what they are but for what they do or what they have – for their usefulness.”

“Do not depend on the hope of results.
You may have to face the fact that your work will be apparently worthless and even achieve no result at all, if not perhaps results opposite to what you expect. As you get used to this idea, you start more and more to concentrate not on the results, but on the value, the rightness, the truth of the work itself. You gradually struggle less and less for an idea and more and more for specific people. In the end, it is the reality of personal relationship that saves everything.
We are already one. But we imagine that we are not. And what we have to recover is our original unity. What we have to be is what we are.”

“The whole idea of compassion is based on a keen awareness of the interdependence of all living beings, which are all part of one another, and all involved in one another”

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