It started with this tweet from @Sorkinese:
And something between those words and my mind connected so I clicked that star icon that marks a tweet as a favorite and I went back to my very busy and important life.
Then, my very busy life became even more busy and I told myself, “Self! You need to get your priorities straight. At this rate you are going to turn into a mean and cranky person who punches people in the face for no reason” or something along those lines.
That is when I remembered that tweet and decided to do some Googling to find the source. I mean did Aaron Sorkin just pull that out of the depth of his genius mind or was there more? It did not take long, people on the innerwebs are crazy about a lot of things, Sorkin dialogue happens to be one of them. The quote is from a longer prayer offered by a monk called Thomas Merton:
The Merton Prayer
In Thoughts in Solitude, Part Two, Chapter II consists of fifteen lines that have become known as “the Merton Prayer.”
MY LORD GOD, I have no idea where I am going.
I do not see the road ahead of me.
I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so. But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you. And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing.
I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire. And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road, though I may know nothing about it.
Therefore I will trust you always though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death. I will not fear, for you are ever with me, and you will never leave me to face my perils alone.
– Thomas Merton, “Thoughts in Solitude”
© Abbey of Gethsemani
Whenever I want to punch someone in the face, I focus my attention on this instead. It seems to be working.