FEMME AU CAFÉ (ABSINTHE DRINKER),
OIL ON CANVAS, 73 X 54 CM,
PABLO PICASSO, 1901-02,
HERMITAGE MUSEUM, SAINT PETERSBURG, RUSSIA
A reader recently wrote:
"The thing it took me a long time to realize is that yielding to the divine takes skill and mastery and, most of all, relentless practice.
Time was I put my heart and soul into giving God the reins only to find I was fooling myself and continuing to hold the reins as I always had.
Nobody told me that this was part of the process. As it happens, I kept trying to yield and now, yipeeee, I learn that I really am the ass people always told me I was.
You can't let Jesus take over until you realize that you're such a LOSER you need him to."
The very next morning, I came across this:
“Praying 'forgive my sins' is vague and nothing changes, but when I recognize the power of naming a defect and asking for its removal or of naming a quality and asking for its enhancement, then—and only then—does change take place.”
--As We Understood, Al-Anon Family Groups, p. 208