Friday, February 25, 2011

The "Task Within the Task"

I recently read a short meditation from Fr. Rohr at the Center for Action and Contemplation.  In it he explains the journey of finding our purpose in life.  He explains;

"There is much evidence that there are at least two major tasks to human life.  The first task is to build a strong container or identity; the second is to find the contents that the container is meant to hold.  We all try to do what seems like the task that life first hands us: establishing an identity, a home, relationships, friends, community, security, and building a proper platform for our only life.

But it takes us much longer to discover the 'task within the task,' as I like to call it: what we are really doing when we are doing what we are doing."

It seems to me that he is saying that it is not only crucial to build a good box, but to also contemplate what we are filling it with.

Spalted birch, tung oil, paste wax finish.  Anniversary message written by woodburning on underside of lid.

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