The Sufi saint Shams of Tabriz tells the following story about himself:
I have been considered a misfit since my childhood. No one seemed to understand me. My own father once said to me, “You are not mad enough to be put in a madhouse, and not withdrawn enough to be put in a monastery. I don’t know what to do with you.”
I replied, “A duck’s egg was once put under a hen. When the egg hatched the duckling walked about with the mother hen until they came to a pond. The duckling went straight into the water. The hen stayed clucking anxiously on land. Now, dear father, I have walked into the ocean and find in it my home. You can hardly blame me if you choose to stay on the shore.”
PONDER AND CONSIDER
- Are you living up to your original vocation, your deepest call, that is?
- Are you living up to your potential or perhaps leading a mediocre, non-committed kind of life?
- Are you satisfied with simply staying on the shore or bold enough to risk entering the waters?