“Out beyond ideas of right and wrong doing, there is a field. I will meet you there.” — Rumi
What a difference one little word makes!
The difference between “and”/”or” is the difference between prosperity thinking and poverty thinking. It is the difference between seeing scarcity and lack OR abundance and plenty.
Do we aspire to sufficiency or to something more than that? Most people would answer – more than that. But how did we come to see that as an ideal?
My high school senior quote (back in 1977) was entirely directed at the idea of “more:”
“Ah, that a man’s reach should exceed his grasp, or what’s a heaven for?”
In this quote, Robert Browning captures the essence of not only “more” but of our spiritual relation to the genuineness of our longing. Heaven is the place where “more” is realized; it is the home for all our spiritual longings. And besides, it’s hard to be “in longing” for sufficiency. Where’s the fun in that?