January 3, 2006

Why I Make New Year's Resolutions

Q. Shenaynay

"I know all about the despair of overcoming chronic temptations. It is not serious, provided self-offended petulance, annoyance at breaking records, impatience etc. don't get the upper hand. No amount of falls will really undo us if we keep on picking ourselves up each time. We shall of course be very muddy and tattered children by the time we reach home. But the baths are all ready, the towels put out, and the clean clothes in the airing cupboard. The only fatal thing is to lose one's temper and give it up. It is when we notice the dirt that God is most present in us: it is the very sign of His presence."

~C.S. Lewis, The Collected Letters of C.S. Lewis: Volume II, Letter to Mary
Neyland, Jan 20, 1942


ithchick said...

Unfortunately, it is often difficult for one to leave comments on Lewis, since he says everything and there is nothing left for one to say but a very profound, "True, true."

fa-so-la-la said...

Isn't that the truth! Ol' G. K. is the same way.