2 Advent Sunday

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A few years ago a man who was compiling a book on Success wrote and asked me to contribute a statement on how I got to be a success. I replied indignantly that I was not able to consider myself a success in any terms that had a meaning to me. I swore I had spent my life strenuously avoiding success. If it happened that I had once written a best-seller this was a pure accident, due to inattention and naiveté, and I would take very good care never to do the same thing again. If I had a message to my contemporaries, I said, it was surely this: be anything you like, be madmen, drunks, and bastards of every shape and form, but at all costs avoid one thing: success. I heard no more from him, and I am not aware that my reply was published with the other testimonials.

— Thomas Merton quoted in Merton’s Palace of Nowhere by James Finley

Today: Maybe Merton avoided the idea of success because it had more to do with living in the outcome than in the here and now. What happens with you when you refuse to play the Game of Success?

Ed Jansen, OCM

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