Life in the world is like a manuscript of writings that is still in rough draft. When a man wishes or desires to do so, he can add something or subtract from it, and make changes in the writings. But the life in the world to come is like documents written on clean scrolls and sealed with the royal seal, where no addition or deletion is possible. Therefore, so long as we are found in the midst of change, let us pay heed to ourselves; and while we have power over the manuscript of our life, which we have written by our own hand, let us strive earnestly to add to it by leading a good manner of life, and let us erase from it the failings of our former life.
St Isaac the Syrian, from Homily Sixty-Two
Holy is God, the father of all;
Holy is God, whose counsel is done by his own powers;
Holy is God, who wishes to be known and is known
by his own people;
Holy are you, who by the word have constituted all
things that are;
Holy are you, from whom all nature was born as image;
Holy are you, of whom nature has not made a like figure;
Holy are you, who are stronger than every power;
Holy are you, who surpasses every excellence;
Holy are you, mightier than praises.
Poimandres I.31. From Hermetica (Cambridge University Press, 1992). Translated by Brian Copenhaver.
…sometimes the world seems simultaneously “too much” and “not enough.” You know what I mean?
It would take a different perspective to be able to both recognize and appreciate that, and not just to feel put upon.
Illumination and peace!