Monday Morning Wake-Up Call

If there is a problem somewhere,” he said with his dry chuckle, “This is what happens: Three people will try to do something concrete to settle the issue. Ten people will give a lecture analysing what the three are doing. One hundred people will commend or condemn the ten for their lecture. One thousand people will argue about the problem. And one person—only one—will involve [himself or herself] so deeply in the true solution that they are too busy to listen to any of it.” Now asked gently, his penetrating eyes meeting each of ours in turn, “which person are you?”

Elias Chacour, recounting a seminary professor’s challenge to him in seminary from “Living Mission: The Vision and Voices of New Friars” by Scott A. Bessenecker

Portrait: Inside the Living Stones


  1. Great, dear David 🙂

    Best wishes


  2. Neither. Let it be.

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  3. Great lesson….

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  4. love this question

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  5. This prompted a memory of working and asking the people with whom I worked, to remember in each conversation, “who’s it for?”. How frequently we think we are doing things for noble purpose – how often we are really doing it for an immediate ego jolt

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  6. This is great, Thank you dear David, Have a nice day and new week, Love, nia

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  7. Definitely been them all at times, and hope I’m I’m becoming more like the last one in my old age ha 👍🌈


  8. Well, didn’t you just throw down the gauntlet on a Monday morning?! Like Karen, I have probably been in every group, but hoping I settle more in the last as I grow older, even if only to make a difference in a tiny way….

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  9. Yes, there is quite the problem. It is not easy to do something about anything.

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  10. That “one” person. They are rare but thank God they are evenly distributed.


  11. Well said!

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  12. That’s a bit of a mind-bender. Having worked in psychiatry, I like to listen to people and help fix the issue, or even better, provide them with the tools to fix the issue for themselves. Yes, I grumble about things that are out of my hands and often find myself criticising politicians and those outside the sphere of my influence!

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  13. I USED to be the one who took up the mantle. No more. I realize the futility of so much of it – banging my head against a brick wall of patriarchal resistance, and though I’m still solution oriented, I’m more apt to offer sound advice or button up. Getting too old for this. Which used to mean one could then offer wisdom. But we live in a nation whose elders progressively become more invisible until they are like Ursula’s creatures at the bottom of the sea. Sad, that. We need solutions now more than ever.

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