Today’s Word: ‘desire’ as in… we can desire a lot of things, but to desire that which allows us to truly thrive brings the deepest joy.
Here’s a story that won’t let me go:
A wise woman was on a pilgrimage, making her way from one village to the next. At one point she stopped by a stream for a drink of water. As she rested she found a precious stone in the stream and retrieved it. It was beautiful to look at and brought her a remarkable sense of joy. She put it in her bag and continued her journey. The next day she met another traveler who was hungry. As they sat together, the wise woman opened her bag to share some of her food with her new friend. The hungry traveler saw the precious stone and asked the woman if she would be willing to part with it. “Of course!” she said. And without hesitation, the woman gladly handed the precious stone to him. As they parted company, the man rejoiced in his good fortune. He knew the stone was worth enough to give him security for a very long time. But only a few days later he went looking for the woman who had given him the stone. When he finally found her he asked her to sit with him for a moment. “I’ve been thinking,” he said, “I know how valuable the stone is, but I’m giving it back to you in the hope that you can give me something even more precious.” The wise woman looked at him and asked, “What would that be?” Her fellow traveler said, “Can you give me what it is that you have within you that enabled you to give me something so very precious?
That’s what my heart desires – to have within me what you have within you that allowed you to give me this stone.”