Annie Dillard, in her classic Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, writes:
Thomas Merton wrote, ‘There is always a temptation to diddle around in the contemplative life, making itsy-bitsy statues.’ There is always an enormous temptation in all of life to diddle around making itsy-bitsy friends and meals and journeys for itsy-bitsy years on end. It is so self-conscious, so apparently moral, simply to step aside from the gaps where the creeks and winds pour down, saying, I never merited this grace, quite rightly, and then to sulk along the rest of your days on the edge of rage. I won’t have it. The world is wilder than that in all directions, more dangerous and bitter, more extravagant and bright. We are making hay when we should be making whoopee; we are raising tomatoes when we should be raising Cain, or Lazarus.
I like how here on The Lasting Supper we are certainly NOT making hay. We’re making whoopee! And all over the place! Have you seen this thread called Where We All From? Where are you making whoopee?
*** We are having our Google Hangout tomorrow 2pm Atlantic Time (10am Pacific, etc.). Richard and I are talking about “Moving On”. Be prepared to sit in! It will be recorded in case you miss it.