I’M NOT HENRY, I’M JOHN.

A woman suddenly stops a man walking down the street and says:

“Henry, I am so happy to see you after all these years! My, how you have changed! You were so tall and you’ve grown so short. You were so well built and you’ve grown so thin. You were so fair and you’ve become so dark. Good grief how you have changed in five years! What happened to you, Henry?”

Finally, the man got a chance to interject: “But ma’am, my name is not Henry! My name is John.”

To which the persistent woman calmly responded: “Oh, so you changed your name too!”

Source | Adapted from Anthony de Mello, Awareness, page 28.

 PONDER AND CONSIDER

  • We all have our positions, don’t we? And we listen from those positions.
  • How do you get people like that to really listen?
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Author: philipchircop

I'm a Jesuit from Malta, an artist at heart and madly in love with all things beautiful and soulful: music, painting, sculpture, photography, film, theatre, poetry, good company, good food, good wine and more. I believe that beauty is a wonderful entry into the mystery of the God “whose centre is everywhere and whose circumference is nowhere.” God can be sensed in all things if and when we engage in a long, loving look at the real that surrounds us. I consider myself a seeker with bottomless curiosity, an eternal student of life, exploring fresh and creative ways to proclaim the Good News in the hope of helping fellow pilgrims and seekers to embrace real and radical changes that will lead to conversion and transformation.

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