do what is right

‘do what is right, not what is effective’

Margaret Wheatley, in From hope to hopelessness

She quotes Thomas Merton, writing in a letter to a friend:

“Do not depend on the hope of results… you may have to face the fact that your work will be apparently worthless and even achieve no result at all, if not perhaps results opposite to what you expect. As you get used to this idea, you start more and more to concentrate not on the results, but on the value, the rightness, the truth of the work itself…”


  1. Dave w

    thanks for sharing these words of wisdom Cheryl. I’m presently in a space where controlling the outcome is a primary drive… Holy week installation time, and to add to it, i will be in Iona whilst its happening – talk about needing to let go! Time to stop and think again. Ta

  2. Cheryl

    i was just saying to sarah that the rocks on the far beach at iona are amongst the oldest on earth… everything else seems pretty termporary in the light of that…go well with the letting go… [of course, i need to learn that too!]

  3. Cheryl

    have you read any of Margaret Wheatley’s stuff, Robyn? you’d love her. beats Senge hands down [in my humble opinion…!]

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