President Obama’s Mobile Bubble of Happy Talk | National Review Online

Well, let’s face it: you don’t run for president after being senator for two years, taking on Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination, unless you have a self-confidence that many others would find insane. Yes, to succeed in this world, you must first believe that you can achieve your goals. But you also need to realistically assess your circumstances and the right methods to achieve your goals.

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There’s an interesting (well, interesting to me…and this is my blog after all) article about our Prevaricator in Chief. It’s full of good links to back up the writer’s point, and ends with a quote from RR. Please enjoy the read.

Thomas Merton’s Prayer

MY LORD GOD, I have no idea where I am going.
I do not see the road ahead of me.
I cannot know for certain where it will end.
Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think that I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so.
But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you.
And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing.
I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire.
And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road though I may know nothing about it.
Therefore will I trust you always though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death.
I will not fear, for you are ever with me, and you will never leave me to face my perils alone.

– Thomas Merton, “Thoughts in Solitude”

The master in the art of living makes little distinction between his work and his play, his labor and his leisure, his mind and his body, his information and his recreation, his love and his religion. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence at whatever he does, leaving others to decide whether he is working or playing. To him he is always doing both. –James Michener