Carl Jung said, “Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens.” The first time I read this I thought that Jung had failed to acknowledge the importance of looking beyond ourselves in order to understand who we are and why we’re here. However, as I have re-read and thought about it more I’ve had to berate my initial lack of attention. These three sentences imply a process, a movement towards a clearer and more focused personal vision where the combination of looking outside and into your heart awakens you to who you are and the things you have been created to do.
Linked to this I am reminded of a beautiful thing that Einstein said: “The ideals which have lighted me on my way and time after time given me new courage to face life cheerfully, have been Truth, Goodness, and Beauty.” Truth, Goodness and Beauty cannot, in my experience, be found by only looking inward. In my short life I have mostly seen glimpses of these things as I have looked to God and his glory as reflected in creation, particularly the beautiful people I know and continue to encounter everyday.
All this talk of vision, courage and lives fully lived brings me to the late, Steve Jobs: “Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don’t settle.”
And finally, one for the road that I find myself on: “One day I will find the right words, and they will be simple.” ― Jack Kerouac, The Dharma Bums
Here’s to living days filled with small rebellions xxx