Friday, October 27, 2006

Growing Up

When you can...
Go where you don't want to go,
Do what you don't want to do, and
Help someone you don't want to help...
you become an adult.
Remembered from The Water Babies by Charles Kingsley.

I'm really pleased to have this quote from The Water Babies which a fellow monk reminded me about during a phone call this evening. Thanks Reverend, it's a good one to remember on basic practice, for any of us. Meister Eckhart has something to say on spiritual adulthood, if only I could find the quote....

And then there is this hearty refrain from way back when The Mamas and The Papas where singin'. Was that from the 1960's when many of us where not going to grow up, while thinking that we were!