Trusted Servants - 29 March 2011
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In Zorba the Greek, Nikos Kazantzakis describes an encounter between his principle character and an old man busily at work planting a tree. "What is it that you are doing?" Zorba asks. The old man replies: "You can see very well what I am doing, my son, I’m planting a tree." "But why plant a tree," Zorba asks, "if you won’t be able to see it bear fruit?" And the old man answers: "I, my son, live as though I were never going to die."
The response brings a faint smile to Zorba’s lips and, as he walks away, he exclaims with a note of irony: "How strange – I live as though I were going to die tomorrow!" As a member of Alcoholics Anonymous, I have found that the Third Legacy is a fertile soil in which to plant the tree of my sobriety. The fruits I harvest are wonderful: peace, security, understanding and twenty–four hours of eternal fulfillment; and with the soundness of mind to listen to the voice of my conscience when, in silence, it gently speaks to me, saying: You must let go in service. There are others who must plant the harvest.