Q. Where would you like to be?
A. In a place of greater contentment.
Q. But aren’t you fairly content at this time in your life?
A. About some things, yes. About other things, no.
Q. About what things are you not content?
A. Things having to do with the actualization of life-purpose.
Q. Are you implying that you won’t be content until your life-purpose is actualized?
A. Wow – that’s a really good question. Do you think I am supposed to be content anyway, even before the life purpose is actualized?
Q. Well, what do you think?
A. I think that, while I’m definitely not content — in fact, I’m restless — I believe that my restlessness serves a purpose. In other words, without being as restless as I am, I would probably become complacent, and sit on my rump, enjoying the tranquility of my peaceful abode, and not really accomplishing anything toward my life goals.
Q. But if you think your restlessness serves a purpose, why would you need to become more content?
A. Maybe I need to be content with being restless.
Q. Are you certain about that?
A. Not quite, no.
Q. About what are you uncertain?
A. The energy of restlessness. It doesn’t seem quite — quite — spiritual.
Q. Why does everything need to be spiritual?
A. Man, you’re asking good questions this morning! I’ve never really thought about it before. I’ve just assumed that since I’m a spiritual person, things have to be spiritual.
Q. But what is it about restlessness that is not spiritual?
A. Well gosh, it’s not exactly meditative or contemplative. It doesn’t bring inner peace. Doesn’t have much to do with love of God or of neighbor. Or even of self, for that matter.
Q. When you are restless, do you feel that you hate yourself?
A. Yes! That’s it, exactly. I’m never good enough for myself.
Q. Why is this?
A. Probably because of Dad. Nothing I did was ever good enough for him.
Q. But aren’t you a little old to be blaming it on your dad?
A. Yes, you’re right. I am.
Q. What is it that you hate about yourself when you are restless?
A. Let me think.
A. Yes, think. I think that — when I am restless, I am impatient. I want it all done right now. And that’s what I hate about myself — my impatience. It’s not spiritual.
Q. Then why don’t you work on patience?
A. Because I associate patience with laziness.
Q. What do you mean?
A. When I become patient about my life goals, I lax up. I figure it’s all in God’s hands, and I no longer aggressively pursue my options.
Q. Why do you have to be aggressive?
A. Because I’m lazy at heart, and aggression goes against my grain. Aggression is what works, isn’t it?
Q. Is it?
A. Maybe not . . .
Q. How about, instead of pursuing your options aggressively, why not pursue them patiently?
A. You know what, Questioner? You might be on to something!
Q. May I then therefore be excused?
A. Yes, you may. See you next Tuesday.
The Questioner is silent.
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