So often Carl Jung seems to offer something different but which is nourishing. This is a thought for 2017 on New Year’s Day, courtesy of Re-Vision, the place I was privileged to train:
… Only if we know that the thing which truly matters is the infinite can we avoid fixing our interest upon futilities, and upon all kinds of goals which are not of real importance. Thus we demand that the world grant us recognition for qualities which we regard as personal possessions: our talent or our beauty. The more a person lays stress on false possessions, and the less sensitivity they have for what is essential, the less satisfying is life….
If we understand and feel that here in this life we already have a link with the infinite, desires and attitudes change. In the final analysis, we count for something only because of the essential we embody, and if we do not embody that, life is wasted. In our relationships to others too, the crucial question is whether an element of boundlessness is expressed in the relationship.
Carl Jung, Memories Dreams and Reflections