Accepting limitations

Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom. – Viktor E. Frankl

When things that frustrate me occur, do I react instinctively? Blindly? Or can I pause?

I am learning to dwell longer in that space between stimulus and response. To hold still. To keep quiet. To wait until the bubbling cauldron within me cools, and I have had the chance to listen to the Holy Spirit’s prompting within my conscience.

Time and again I find a simple answer. Accepting the reality of my limitations and that of others liberates me from the many illusions that enthrall me and I become much better able to live authentically and to make the best of the present moment.

This is a choice I need to make… in every moment of every day.

When a person is not ready to see the truth of something, they will not see it even if the most compelling evidence is presented before them. Rather than seeking justification or vindication elsewhere, the key to liberation from suffering lies within the self. The answer lies within ourselves – if we can enter deeply enough into our own hearts.


  1. Not yet actually! It’s on my to-read list but I’m still trying to finish First Things First (Covey, Merrill & Merrill) and the book quotes Frankl. Actually dot, was thinking of you when I read the book too… you can keep an eye out for it when you’re through with the Nouwen books I gave you! :)

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