Wednesday, May 1, 2019

divine dissatisfaction

There's a difference between being unhappy and being dissatisfied. I'm not quite sure what the criteria are for this distinction, but you can feel them out once you know their contours.

I think this is what prayer is trying to get us to practice—to understand the difference not between pain and joy, but between pains. There is the pain that simply bites at us, takes out chunks of us and scars us.

But there is this deeper thing, this sense of being not-at-rest, of unease, of unrest. And this must be attended to, in pain or in happiness.

This thing called joy, undergirding all our happiness, upending all our routine, and finding what is constant, what is good, even in the midst of turbulence.

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