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Marcus Borg: Focus on Your Square

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Liberal theologian Marcus Borg died Wednesday at the age of 72. Here’s what he said that helped me not feel overwhelmed about solving all the world’s problems:

Asked how to avoid becoming overwhelmed, theologian Marcus Borg said, “It’s like being part of a quilter’s group. Don’t worry about the entire quilt; just focus on your square.” As we focus our energy, we can be effective in big ways. And we can rest assured that millions of others are also working on their patch, plugging away at all those other causes. And together our patches will create a quilt of wholeness and beauty.

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