Some things I have learned #49

Subtitle: Or, at the least, I think I believe

Sub-subtitle: Or, at the most, I believe I know


“We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience” – Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

Each of us has…is a life force (in essence, pure) embodied in our flesh, so that we, in our lives and living, might have a beneficial effect on everyone and everything around us.

Thus, we always are in the process of being who we are and becoming – not who we are meant to be, but – who we, in spirit, as spirit, already are.

This – because, paradoxically, there is a difference between who we are and who we already are – calls for change.

It’s easier for me to stay where I am. It’s a place I know with no surprises. But a place small and spare. Of no growth. Of the withering of my soul. Of slow dying, even as I live. A place called “hell.”

As a spiritual being seeking to be human, I am called to change, which always involves pain. Yet only to the extent that I allow myself to change will I…can I become who I already am.

© 2023 PRA

Endnote: Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, S.J. (1881-1955) French Jesuit priest, scientist, paleontologist, theologian, philosopher, and teacher.

2 thoughts on “Some things I have learned #49

  1. Thank you Paul!! I want to keep growing and learning and it’s HARD and time consuming… Trying to learn all about the aging, senior living and dementia networks can be overwhelming but in order to be the BEST me in this space I must know what I’m talking about since my #1 goal is to help people! Thank you for this reminder!!

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  2. You are an inspiration; especially, I say this in light of your commitment to helping people. For you, with your life’s goal so clearly envisioned by you and, more, enacted by you in your intentions and actions, are an incarnation of what it is to live into life’s purpose; without which life is only an existence, one with less meaning. Bless you.



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