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Advent with Meister Eckhart Day 17

Posted by Simon Parke, 17 December 2020, 5.19am

‘The price of inaction is far greater than the cost of making a mistake.’

Eckhart speaks to those who avoid difficult things; who postpone them, who procrastinate.

They avoid difficult conversations or decisions.

They imagine dire consequences in their minds and fear cripples action.

Perhaps the idea of conflict is difficult or they fear blame should they make a mistake - and caution and paralysis rule.

Though Eckhart feels the price of inaction is high; far higher than the cost of doing something.

He was probably the eldest sibling and named after his father, a minor noble.

His name is an ancient Teutonic appellation derived from ekke (edge of a sword’s blade) and hart (brave, hardy.)

The name suited him. He used words like a surgeon’s scalpel and walked into the fire of controversy.

His words could have seen him burned at the stake. It was what the church did. But somehow he mastered his fear.

So today, and maybe tomorrow, imagine what you would do if there was no fear in you.

Imagine that – and, like Eckhart, (or Braveblade,) do it.

The price of inaction may be far greater than the cost of making a mistake.

 
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