“Your nature is a hard thing to change; it takes time. One of the extraordinary transferences that happen in your spiritual life is not that your flaws go away but they start to work for you. A negative becomes a positive: You’ve got a big mouth: you end up a singer. You’re insecure: You end up a performer who needs applause. I have heard of some people having life-changing miraculous turn-arounds, people set free from addiction after a single prayer, relationships saved where both parties ‘let go and let God’. But it was not like that for me.
For all that ‘I was lost and now I’m found’, it is probably more accurate to say ‘I was really lost, I’m a little less so at the moment.’ And then a little less and then a little less again. That to me is spiritual life. The slow reworking and rebooting of a computer at regular intervals, reading the small print of a service manual. It has slowly rebuilt me in a better image. It has taken years though, and it is not over yet.“
– Paul Hewson (Bono).