‘One must learn an inner solitude, wherever one may be.’
‘One must not always think so much about what one should do,’ continues Eckhart, ‘but rather what one should be. Our works do not ennoble us; but we must ennoble our works.’
Some people do things to be appreciated or seen by others. They hope their deeds ennoble them in the eyes of the world, make them better thought of.
But, according to Eckhart, our works do not ennoble us – no matter how many people see or hear of them.
But rather, it is our purity of being that ennoble our works, whether seen by anyone or not.
The unnoticed life may be greater by far than the applauded one.
And the unseen flower in the forest more glorious than those on display at the show.
So Eckhart encourages us to concentrate on who we are today; this is enough, more than enough.
Other people do not ennoble our works; we do.
We are the wonder, and we are work.