Today’s Prayer to Passage will be from the book “How Proust Can Change Your Life” by Alain de Botton.
Today I pray, “Dear God, When I feel vulnerable, upset, interrupted, or stressed, I am not looking at the world through Your eyes. I love the feeling of clarity and vitality that happens when I feel good. I am in You. And You are in me. I am tuned in. Thank You for this.”
Following my prayer, I held the closed book in my hands and opened it to this passage:
“There is no man, however wise, who has not at some period of his youth said things, or even lived in a way which was so unpleasant to him in later life that he would gladly, if he could, expunge it from his memory. But he shouldn’t regret this entirely, because he cannot be certain that he has indeed become a wise man – so far as any of us can be wise – unless he has passed through all the fatuous or unwholesome incarnations by which that ultimate stage must be reached. I know there are young people… whose teachers have instilled in them a nobility of mind and moral refinement from the very beginning of their schooldays. They perhaps have nothing to retract when they look back upon their lives; they can, if they choose, publish a signed account of everything they have ever said or done; but they are poor creatures, feeble descendants of doctrinaires, and their wisdom is negative and sterile. We cannot be taught wisdom, we have to discover it for ourselves by a journey which no one can undertake for us, an effort which no one can spare us.”
—ALAIN DE BOTTON
When we allow ourselves to be the performer that our desires have cued up for us, there is nothing that can stop us. We are brilliant at this at times, and we know it. It is inspiration that opens the door. And we are the ones who let it in. We enjoy the feeling of coming into our own. We approach the engine of energy flowing in. And we find new ways of doing things that no one has chosen yet. When Source flows with us, it is awesome. We have infinite wisdom and intelligence flowing through us. And momentum is gathered and guided by God.