Day 05 – Can You Drink the Cup? – Henri Nouwen

Day 05

Can You Drink the Cup?

Henri Nouwen

I am alone, because I am unique. Many people can help me to live my life, but after all is said and done, I have to make my own choices about how to live.”

It is hard to say this to ourselves, because doing so confronts us with our radical aloneness. But it is also a wonderful challenge, because it acknowledges our radical uniqueness.

I am reminded of Philip Sears’s powerful sculpture of Pumunangwet, the Native American at the Fruitlands Museums in Harvard, Massachusetts. He stands with his beautifully stretched naked body, girded with a loincloth, reaching to the heavens with his bow high above him in his left hand while his right hand still holds the memory of the arrow that just left for the stars. He is totally self-possessed, solidly rooted on the earth, and totally free to aim far beyond himself He knows who he is. He is proud to be a lonesome warrior called to fulfill a sacred task. He truly holds his own.

Like that warrior we must hold our cup and fully claim who we are and what we are called to live. Then we too can
shoot for the stars!

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