There is a claim that Albert Einstein had this statement pinned outside of his office; “Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.”
We have been forced into the idea that the only legitimate knowledge is that which is measurable, repeatable etc. But almost all that is important isn’t open to the rules of scientific inquiry. From education the point is brilliantly made;
” What was educationally significant and hard to measure has been replaced by what is educationally insignificant and easy to measure. So now we measure how well we’ve taught what isn’t worth learning! “ – Arthur Costa
It behoves us to repeatedly ask the question; “Which knowledge is of most worth.”
The playwright Arthur Miller hints at the mystical;
“The job is to ask questions – it always was – and to ask them as inexorably as I can. And to face the absence of precise answers with a certain humility.” – Arthur Miller
‘Oh, God, make me a hollow reed, from which
the pith of self hath been blown so that
I may become as a clear channel through which
Thy Love may flow to others.’
A commentary on the uncertain origins of this prayer is here – http://bahai-library.com/uhj_hollow_reed_prayers
One of the most interesting comments is;
COMMENTARY ON THE ELEVENTH CHAPTER OF THE REVELATION OF ST. JOHN
This reed is a Perfect Man Who is likened to a reed, and the manner of its likeness is this: when the interior of a reed is empty and free from all matter, it will produce beautiful melodies; and as the sound and melodies do not come from the reed, but from the flute player who blows upon it, so the sanctified heart of that blessed Being is free and emptied from all save God, pure and exempt from the attachments of all human conditions, and is the companion of the Divine Spirit.
Whatever He utters is not from Himself, but from the real flute player, and it is a divine inspiration. – Some Answered Questions, by `Abdu’l-Bahá, p. 45:
Another interesting comment is the possibility that the prayer may be in Rumi’s ‘Mathnavi’.
Watch your thoughts; they become words.
Watch your words; they become actions,
Watch your actions; they become habits.
Watch your habits; they become character.
Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.
For source see here – http://quoteinvestigator.com/2013/01/10/watch-your-thoughts/
I found this in Richard Rohr’s book ‘Breathing Under Water: spirituality and the twelve steps’