Daily Thoughts from Jean Vanier - 9/11/09

// Jean Vanier English


Pierre’s Gentle Gift

Last week I was having dinner at one of the homes in our community. Many of us stayed at the table after dinner and chatted over tea or coffee. Two people got into an animated conversation about their Myers-Briggs personality types and about other M-B types, each of which is identified in short form by initials—ISTJ, EIFP, and so forth. They talked for about five minutes and everyone else listened. The listeners were getting restless and eager to get back into the conversation. Suddenly Pierre shouted, ’I’m an ’H’!" That stopped the M-B chatter. It stopped everything. Someone asked, "Pierre, what is an ’H’?" Pierre replied, "It means I’m hilarious." That caused lots of laughter and we were all back together, everyone engaged again in the talk around the table. Pierre brought us to a place where we all belonged once again. This gift of his is so precious. It is gentle and funny and calls us to the way we want to live—so that everyone has a place and can be a part of things.

Donna Rietschlin, L’Arche Ottawa

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