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Something to think and pray about this week

He asked if [Mother Teresa] had any preliminary wisdom to share. She simply said, “Pray every day, and never do anything that you know is wrong.”

Then she just looked at him, I would like to imagine in a kindly way, but also in a way that probably implied, Okay? I gave you your answer. Are we finished now? I have things to do.

The guy must have sat there for a moment, jet-lagged and dumbfounded. But give him credit for realizing, What can I say to that? He stood up, thanked her, and went back home. Whether he followed her advice, I can’t say.

But Mother Teresa was implicitly challenging us (and him) to reorder priorities as we consider the targets we aim for. That is, instead of thinking first about a career or financial goal, decide first what kind of person you want to become. Only when your vision of what ultimately matters
is clear in your mind are you in a position to make good choices about career, lifestyle, and so on. As for the inner peace and sense of meaning that this entrepreneur (and each of us) craves, those won’t flow from what we have and earn but from how we live and relate to fellow humans.

Excerpted from Make Today Matter