Virginia Gentleman

It is the trust in our personal relationships that create results we can trust in the world. I think Thomas Merton says it best: ‘Do not depend on the hope of results … you may have to face the fact that your work will be apparently worthless and even achieve no result at all, if not perhaps results opposite to what you expect. As you get used to this idea, you start more and more to concentrate not on the results, but on the value, the rightness, the truth of the work itself … you gradually struggle less and less for an idea and more and more for specific people … In the end, it is the reality of personal relationship that saves everything.’

Tim Merry quoting Thomas Merton in “Learnings from Civic Engagement: Part 1 New Beginnings and Trust" (Written for the International Association of Facilitators, Europe Newsletter, March 2013). (via missmosnarylime)

Merton!

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