Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Keeping appointments


Today has been largely a day of one-to-one listening.

I was listening to someone this afternoon, who was telling me many things and on several occasions over the course of our time together paused, and asked themselves, “now, why am I telling you that? How did I end up there? It wasn’t what I had set out to tell you...”

And the only answer I can suggest is that you ended up there because that is where you needed to be. Because there was an appointment to be kept there — perhaps with God, perhaps with yourself — in which I am only a witness, a friend to give you the necessary courage simply by being with you so that you don’t have to go alone. Because appointments are often bigger and scarier in the anticipation — even if, at a conscious level, you didn’t know you were anticipating it — than they turn out to be in the event.

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