My life has shifted to a green valley, some years ago.
So, I feel a great compassion when I see people who struggle for their past experiences and they can’t smile.
I always hope that they find their way, that they have the patience that they need in these circumstances.
I believe that I have a lot, my family and the peace that I can breath in it, my work, my relatives and friends, my home, food (and I can buy good food), my choir, the wonderful experience in this community, …but I feel a kind of anguish because so many people don’ t have all these things, and to tell the truth a lot of these people are not so far from me.
I believe that humility is a flow which goes from top the to bottom and not in the opposite direction.
During my life I learnt to be aware and grateful for this awareness: I am humble if I forgive who hurt me, either on purpose or unconsciously.
I am smart and I am content of that: I am humble if I don’t use my intelligence to show an intellectual superemacy.
If I got some kind of power, I am grateful for this: I can’t but be honest and don’t direct my power to any form of oppression.
If I am a parent I thank my God for that and I have to use my authority with tenderness, because my sons deserve that I explain my requests.
Dear Juan, hope you are here around, and you and your wife and family are well. Peace and love.
Oh, I am aware and I believe that if measured my time with moments rather than with the clock it would be as if the Infinite Love and Beauty would come to me and win my finitude.
Maybe, every faith in this world is based on the overcoming of finitude, but practically speaking, it is a challenging task.
Today it has been a wonderful day, this morning I walked along amazing paths with my husband, not far from my home, the weather was not warm, not cold, just a spring time!
This afternoon we went to Milano and walked through the center of the city, starting in the new and modern Piazza Gae Aulenti, then through that place known as “fashion triangle” and finally just in front of the Duomo and the Scala.
I love that!
Yet, in these days I feel a lack of energy, and though I am deeply grateful for a lot of people in my life and so many things, I didn’t write here so much, because I would not have done it spontaneously.
Every day I read each post, and I feel nurtured.
Maybe my gratitude is growing inside, maybe this is what I need now,
My lack of energy…. I think it can be my work, such a busy time, together with my physical change, and even some worries about the way our world is going on. Hoping in some good news….
I feel close to each of you here, you are helping me to keep on a gratefulness road. I am minding what Pope Francis said this morning about mercy against violence.
Have a nice week you all, and welcome again Mavorneen and Maritz, Antoinette who is here today, all new and old friends! Lot of love
Two days ago, during my work, I went to two centers for disabled people, for some audits. I felt a deep reverence towards educators, everyday they face painful circumstances, but they stay positive, they joke with their disabled boys. The world seems different in those places, it seems better. I feel The same reverence for teachers, and for the scientists, when their approach to knowledge is humble.
Dear Pilgrim, I feel so humble, and you say even my name among your “Litany of Saints”!
“Wounded healer”, it is actually a honor for me, Pilgrim.
I always learn something here, and I thank you for your wisdom, your deep sense of true relationships, and your honest spirituality.
You have encouraged me to stay here in a way that I will never forget.
Like you, sometimes I feel a trouble when I try to meditate using a slow rhythm, I don’t know why. I like to calm my thoughts here, because I have found wonderful friends, especially in the Gratitude Lounge.
Now, my mind is going back to a song that my choir sang in the past, and it is the Psalm 133, speaking about the pleasure of being together in a group.
I’m singing that in my mind holding you and that nice “litany” of friends in my heart, including those who have abandoned this site.
Have a nice week end Pilgrim, lots of love.
I guess your 96 year-old neighbour!
I enjoyed your stories Kevin and Aine, so much!
Now I am thinking of Mozart…. my choir often sing “Ave Verum” …….”, do you know it?
Just today I have read a news about the next week-end in Milano: it seems that there will be a lot of tourists! among them your sisters and her family!!!
As I said to Diane, Milano has to be discovered, because its beauty is not as famous as that of Roma, Firenze, Venezia…I hope they will fine a good weather, it is very cold, and today even so windy!
I’m studying with my husband a way to post here some photos of my village and the surrounding places, for showing where I live, not so far from the city.
This evening I cooked a tasty “risotto” with artichokes…while cooking I reflected about Aine’s advice: this week I am going to consider my artistic skills. I can try….
Thank you for your kindness Ursula, much love, also to your sons, we are mums of two!
Wonderful Aine! I had just ended to listen to Ursula’s video, and now I’ m looking at your photo!
Indeed, your husband is a good carpenter! Also my husband is good at that! On the contrary, I have no artistic skills as you, Aine; maybe at cooking……I have to keep on with my country’s tradition!!!!!!
Dear Ursula, the X ray result is a good news!
Don’ worry about your family life, I am sure you will find your way. As to your sons, let it go, they are boys Ursula! Maybe when they will grow, you will miss their challenging behavior!
I know what you mean about your home, because in my week-end I often do my chores seeking for perfection, but perfection is impossible! So if you want to laugh, try to figure my car, which is so dirty, because I am always busy with my home! the weather has brought a long drought, I have got no rain help, until today! Finally, it is raining!☔️👍
Dear Pilgrim, as you said to Alicia, know we are here.
Feel my hug.
Dear Ursula, I would have asked about you, because I didn’t see you for a while.
I am glad to know that you are doing things that you love, but mind what ancient Latin people said: “modus in rebus” 😉
It is interesting that there are young people dealing with Italian language, as it is not one of the most spoken in UE.
Ursula, take care of yourself, San Francesco will be with you! And, if you will come here, remember what we say “se ci sei….batti un colpo!”
Dear Pilgrim, I choose to answer you, but I am referring also to Kevin’s and Gina’s post.
Today in Italy we celebrate the memory of the end of the II WW, (i’m simplifying the matter but it is not the place now) and thanks to that I have an extra time to reflect, because it is a holiday time.
You are right, the clock is part of our lives, if we didn’t have the clock, we would look at the light and shadow, or at the way nature is transforming.
So, thank you for reminding me I can look at the clock and at the same time, enjoying the flow of the time.
And you are right, Pilgrim, also my mother-in-law doesn’t know the day and the night. Me too Pilgrim, I don’t desire a life without structure at all.
Enjoy your iced coffee Christina!
Your words are coming into my soul and giving me a glimpse of what a deep faith can believe.
Have a nice day Maritz! Your country Is certainly a wonderful place!
Thank you dear Diane, I always find support in your answers.
As to your desire to come to Italy…in some way you make me proud…😊
I am not so good in my English descriptions, so I am happy because I have given a good image of a city which is not one of our best ones, but whose beauty has to be discovered!
If you will have an opportunity to come, let me know!!!
Dear Palm, may the beauty and love that still exist in this world take you and your daughter and your family all your life long. 🌺💜
Diane, what a beautiful poem! This definition of hope…strikes me deeply. Thank you for this pearl of your culture Diane. Your attitude towards hope is a grace, let me say…like a pearl you have sought for, and when you have found it you have nurtured and taken care of.
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