The Milosz Perspective

‘Love means to learn to look at yourself
The way one looks at distant things…..’

These words come from a poem by Czeslaw Milosz entitled ‘Love’. (The full text can be found here). This poem beautifully invites me to put things in their correct perspective – to see myself as only ‘one thing among the many’.

As I put myself into the distance there appears the opportunity for me to notice and serve the others (persons, causes or ideas) who are remaining in the foreground. Indeed, Milosz assumes that once this perspective is achieved then the serving of others will be spontaneous and natural.

‘ ……It doesn’t matter whether he knows what he serves:
Who serves best doesn’t always understand…….’

Yes, this is the first entry for the Rector’s Blog and as I step out into this new thing I’m looking to gain some direction from Czeslaw Milosz. Sure it’s the Rector’s Blog and so I expect that there will be information about the Parish and its Rector. However I’m keen to try and bed news of ‘the Parish and its Rector’ into a broader consideration of things or ideas which have or might help the Rector to look at himself ‘the way one looks at distant things’, the Milosz perspective! If I can do that then (to pick up more ideas from Milosz) a servant heart might be encouraged, people helped to be the very best they would like to be and friends made.

How will this ‘Milosz Perspective’ be achieved? I find that poetry, carpentry, small boats and Tanzania have, over the years, been used by God to teach me humility and to encourage me in seeing ‘the others’, who were (and always are) there in the foreground. And so, I expect these topics will make regular appearance in the Rector’s Blog  …..but as to the exact process or success thereof……I’ll only know by making an attempt!

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