To ponder…

“The contemplation of things as they are without substitution or imposture without error or confusion is in itself a nobler thing than a whole harvest of invention”

Francis Bacon
“Stop looking and…begin seeing! Because looking means that you already have something in mind for your eye to find; you’ve set out in search of your desired object and have closed off everything else presenting itself along the way. But seeing is being open and receptive to what comes to the eye.”

Thomas Merton

Glancing behind

#352 This was the best #Japanesefood I have tasted in this country – #authentic, tasty and beautifully presented. It was absolutely delightful and took me back ten years to my time in Japan both with the smells, tastes and look of the restaurant. It’s funny how the mind works and transports you back to another time and place, but is this helpful or should we always merely look ahead?

The Velveteen Rabbit

#77 #velveteenrabbit is one of those beautiful childhood stories that still makes me cry. An old horse in the nursery tells rabbit about becoming real: “‘Real isn’t how you are made,’ said the Skin Horse. ‘It’s a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become Real.’”
Becoming #real or #authentic or #yourself is perhaps what happens when you allow yourself to be loved by God. He continues that process of #formation by further shaping you and moulding you, like a potter moulds clay, all because He loves you. Just like the velveteen rabbit was told, it sometimes hurts but in the end you don’t mind and it doesn’t happen all at once but it is worth it! #bemorereal (at Ripon College Cuddesdon)