Well, I didn't know much about spiritual formation back in the 1970s, and I was eager to learn from any source I could. I didn't get much out of On Becoming a Musical, Mystical Bear, but I did remember one line that sank deep within me: "Prayer is a radical response to life."
It is. Everyone says Do this, do that. "Don't just stand there, do something!" So, it's radical to say, "Don't just do something, stand there!" And pray. Pray as your first response, pray as you develop your response, pray as your final response. To everything. Make your whole life into a prayer lifted up to God.
By all means, do. Do with all your might. But mere action never changes the world, because it doesn't change you. Prayer can do that. Take it from this musical, mystical bear.