Do Not Depend on the Hope of Results

Do not depend on the hope of results. You may have to face the fact that your work will be apparently worthless and even achieve no result at all, if not perhaps results opposite to what you expect. As you get used to this idea, you start more and more to concentrate not on the results, but on the value, the rightness, the truth of the work itself. You gradually struggle less and less for an idea and more and more for specific people. In the end, it is the reality of personal relationship that saves everything. Thomas Merton

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2 responses to “Do Not Depend on the Hope of Results

  1. I love to read Thomas Merton. This is good advice.
    Thanks, Father.

  2. s-p

    Good post. “Results” are never what they seem to us (or often to others). The Cross is the prime example.

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