THE WORK OF ART WHICH I DO NOT MAKE

Today’s Prayer to Passage will be from the book ‘The Art of Exceptional Living’ by Jim Rohn.

Today I pray, “Dear God, When I look at my life, I most often look for the art. I ask, ‘Where is the creation, the beauty, the design?’ And this is when I am happiest; in seeing the artistry amid the complaints. This is when I rise to my own exceptional liveliness. Amen.”

Following my prayer, I held the closed book in my hands and opened it to this passage:

“There are two types of pain you will go through in life, the pain of discipline and the pain of regret. Discipline weighs ounces while regret weighs tonnes.”
—JIM ROHN

I have quoted her before and it is worth repeating. Author Simone Weil said so eloquently, “The work of art which I do not make, none other will ever make.” And this is how I view regret. As a work of art which I did not make. An ideal I did not speak. A revolution I did not start. A revolution I did not join. A grace, mercy, and forgiveness I did not offer. A me-I-know-myself-to-be I did not present to the world.

Having weighed my options, I am speaking these ideals, starting these revolutions, joining these revolutions, forgiving these persons, and presenting the me-I-know-myself-to-be to the world. Amen.

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