What do I mean by loving ourselves properly? I mean, first of all, desiring to live, accepting life as a very great gift and a great good, not because of what it gives us, but because of what it enables us to give to others.
— Thomas Merton, No Man Is an Island
I find Merton’s words exactly what I need to hear today to navigate through a dark fog that has settled in around me. I’m grateful for his insight and his ability to share it so powerfully.