not to the easiest, but to the most difficult;
not to the most delightful, but to the most distasteful;
not to the most gratifying, but to the less pleasant;
not to what means rest for you, but to hard work;
not to the consoling, but to the unconsoling;
not to the most, but to the least;
not to the highest and most precious, but to the lowest
and most despised;
not to wanting something, but wanting nothing.
Do not go about looking for the best of temporal things, but for the worst, and for Christ, desire to enter into complete nakedness, emptiness and poverty in everything in the world.”
by John of the Cross (b. 1542 - d. 1591), The Ascent of Mount Carmel, Book One, Chapter 13, Verse 6.
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