Read this quote this week.
And it’s pretty much captured my attention.
“There are countless ways in which this (spiritual journey) may happen: sometimes under conditions which seem to the world like the very frustration of life, of progress, of growth. Thus boundless initiative is chained to a sick bed and transmuted into sacrifice; the lover of beauty is sent to serve in the slum, the lover of stillness is kept on the run all day, the sudden demand to leave all comes to the cone who least expects it, and through and in these apparent frustrations the life of the spirit emerges and grows.”
From The Spiritual Life by Evelyn Underhill
I must have read it a dozen times before I started to get it.
Read it again. This time remember that the word ‘frustrate’ has an older meaning with more depth than our everyday use. Here’s a definition: Frustrate: To prevent from accomplishing a purpose or fulfilling a desire; thwart.
So what do you think of this? Anything stand out to you?