material-is immaterial?

March 11, 2010 § Leave a comment

This here has been in my inbox for nearly a month and I have been meaning to get around to it ever since. I can say that despite a real-life enactment of the tired cliche–a journey for self-discovery via more exotic, less fortunate destinations–Christina Rivera’s words, once read, seem authentic.

Some bits that seemed relevant and could be shared–without giving away too much of the writing itself.

I am…

It was a relentless self-inquiry; the blank drawing longer and the question only spinning more furiously with each book I pulled off the metaphysics shelf.

Finally I put the books down. Put everything down. Realizing that I would find none of my answers in their conclusions and that these were chapters only I could write.

“Vocation,” not so much as it is defined as an occupation or profession, but as the term was refined by Frederick Buechner as:

The place where your great gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.

Source:  A Pilgrim Finds Her Purpose by Christina Rivera, featured in The Brave New Traveler


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