Saturday, December 31, 2011

reminder for my sagging memory

"If you ask me what I came into this life to do, I will tell you: I came to live out loud."

Emile Zola

I had this pinned to my drawing board when I was a late teenager. I wonder if I am? It is related to Gandhi's "Be the change you want to see in the world" and St Francis preaching "Go out to the world and spread the Gospel and use words if you must" (paraphrase).

I feel vulnerable when I admit I that I use words as a sign post rather than as a 5 page memo for others to understand where I am. The reality of living out loud doesn't seem so romantic now from hindsight. But it is rich in presence.