Monday, April 14, 2008

The Voice of Our Own Gladness

“The voice we should listen to most
as we choose a vocation
is the voice that we might think
we should listen to least,
and that is the voice of our own gladness.
What can we do that makes us the gladdest,
what can we do that leaves us
with the strongest sense of sailing true north and of peace,
which is much of what gladness is?
Is it making things with our hands out of wood
or stone or paint or canvas?
Or is it making something we hope like truth out of words?
Or is it making people laugh or weep
in a way that cleanses their spirit?
I believe that if it is a thing that makes us truly glad,
then it is a good thing and it is our thing
and it is the calling voice that
we were made to answer with our lives.”

by Frederick Buechner,
quoted by Ken Gire
in "Windows of the Soul"


ARTVEN said...

i love reading every lines of it!

Abaniko said...

What an inspiring poem. Thanks for sharing.

Rudy said...

Uy! Napaisip tuloy ako ah... :-D

Semaj Mahgih said...

But sustainable gladness only comes in the end from goodness.

Gypsy said...

Venus & Abaniko, thanks--more of this if you get Ken Gire's book, I think it's available in any National Bookstore. :)

Rudy, napaisip ng positive things? That's good..hehe.

James, of course. ;)