The words of Thomas Merton continue to challenge my perspective:
Humans have a responsibility to their own time, not as if they could seem to stand outside it and donate various spiritual and material benefits to it from a position of compassionate distance. Humans have a responsibility to find themselves where they are, in their own proper time and place, in the history to which they belong and to which they must inevitably contribute either their response or their evasions, either truth and act, or mere slogan and gesture.
I want to look ahead and see the bigger picture. To know that what I am doing is worthwhile.
Yet, the calling to be present and see with the eyes I have today is far more grounded.
It asks me to invest my time and attention in the reality around me now.
To know that I am here because of those who have gone before me.
And my task is to clear the way for those to come.
I can only do that here and now, today in this place.
Like the early morning dew on the weavings of the spider.