Thursday, March 31, 2011
G.K. Chesterton says in Orthodoxy that "humility is necessary to the enjoyment of anything." We need to make ourselves smaller than the object, moment, or person we're experiencing in order to truly soak it up. Otherwise, we just trample it, like a galumphing elephant does a shrub, and move on in pursuit of the next big thing. Something about the picture of making myself small really got through to me and I've been thinking about it a lot. It takes a conscious effort sometimes, but I feel all the corners and cracks and enter into things more. It's so easy to feel entitled, you know? But when I'm small, I don't feel entitled. I feel awed. And alive.