Quote of the Day: Saint Clare felt that our humility before all creatures and before our Creator was paramount to a good life; it wasn’t about how smart we are!: In what, then, can you boast? Even if you were so skillful and wise that you possessed all knowledge, knew how to interpret every kind of language, and to scrutinize heavenly matters with skill, you could not boast of these things [for they will ultimately get you nowhere.]
Commentary: Much of what we attribute to our prowess, wittiness or intelligence has little to do with our brain or genes or talents per se. We are part of cultural communities as much as milk in a yogurt culture is; without the culture — in this case, the microbes — we are flat tasting and rather dull. When we leave out of our story the many gifts given to us by others, we are underestimating how many ways we are connected to others in this singular, precious world.
Suggested Action #15: As you walk today, simply whisper the mantra “GRATITUDE!” as you meet each person, plant, animal, mold or yeast along your trail. ‘Nuff said!
Gary Paul Nabhan aka Brother Coyote is a professed member of the Ecumenical Order of Franciscans, a graduate of the Living School, a conservation biologist, orchard-keeper and story-teller.