How Many Different Ways?

“Be still, and know that I am God,” says the Psalmist.

“All of humanity’s problems are caused by our inability to sit still in a room alone,” says Pascal.

And this exchange, between Gregor and Sam in the movie, Ronin:

“I wish we could do something.”

“We are doing something.  We’re sitting here, waiting.”

How many different ways must we say it before the message comes through?  Action involves both body and mind, and not all action involves motion.  Surely, we must work each day, but we must also teach ourselves to be still, to dwell for a time in those places where our thoughts lead us, and realize that dwelling there is not inactivity, but also a kind of work, perhaps the most fruitful work we will ever do.


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