I have come to fall in love with teaching in Catholic schools. What are YOU in love with?...

"Nothing is more practical than finding God, that is, than falling in love in a quite absolute, final way. What you are in love with, what seizes your imagination, will affect everything. It will decide what will get you out of bed in the morning, what you will do with your evenings, how you will spend your weekends, what you read, who you know, what breaks your heart, and what amazes you with joy and gratitude. Fall in love, stay in love, and it will decide everything." - Pedro Arrupe

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

A Little C.S. Lewis Wisdom

"It is simply no good trying to keep any thrill: that is the very worst thing you can do. Let the thrill go...and you will find you are living in a world of new thrills all the time.... It is much better fun to learn to swim than to go on endlessly (and hopelessly) trying to get back the feeling you had when you first went paddling as a small boy."
~ C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

One of my friends posted this a few days ago on Facebook as a status, and it really struck me. Sometimes I think I get wrapped up so much in trying to remember the good times (and keep hold of them) that I miss out on what's right in front of me.

It's so easy to do, especially when where we've been has (for the most part) been really great.

But one thing I think C.S. Lewis is trying to point out is that you can't really ever get the feeling from an experience (especially from childhood or any "firsts") back - but if we learn to let go, something just as wonderful (and new and different) will come along - it will be a new thrill, all ours for the taking. Keep the memory, but don't strive to relive it.

Let us remember to let go and, in the immortal words of Dory ("Finding Nemo"), "just keep swimming, just keep swimming..."

1 comment:

  1. there was a quote of the day or meditation recently about being surprised by God... reminded me of that. was looking for it to post it here for you, but (a) you probably already saw it, and (b) i couldn't find it.