I am not only grateful for “good” experiences but also for the “bad” ones too, because it is these experiences that bless us with wisdom.
If I felt that I truly have and am enough, I would be braver about giving money to systemic social justice causes without hindrance. I admit, however, that there’s a greedy part of me that says, “But what if I run out of money?! Then what?!” Perhaps I can start by giving just a little more often than I do and work my way up to becoming a more charitable person.
We need to do something about climate change yesterday, both individually and systemically. In my unpopular opinion, we shouldn’t be doing any activities that emit large amounts greenhouse gases in the air (including cow farming, driving fossil fuel cars, factories, etc.), and we should have figured this out forever ago. We need to get this done NOW, or we’re going to die as a species, along with many other species. Why even left-wing politicians don’t see the deep urgency b...
We need to do something about climate change yesterday, both individually and systemically. In my unpopular opinion, we shouldn’t be doing any activities that emit large amounts greenhouse gases in the air (including cow farming, driving fossil fuel cars, factories, etc.), and we should have figured this out forever ago. We need to get this done NOW, or we’re going to die as a species, along with many other species. Why even left-wing politicians don’t see the deep urgency behind this is beyond me.
I can ease the distress of others by being compassionately present when people are suffering or struggling. Sometimes, I don’t even need to say anything; it’s just important to be with them through their pain.
Well honestly, it’s small because I have a lot of work to do, but perhaps I can make a post on Facebook related to gratitude and peace-perhaps something about peace with others or gratitude for the amazing world we live in.
I’ve noticed that, sometimes, the voice in my head keeps telling me that I’m an imposter and that I’m not meant to be a minister-that my calling is something greater than I can bear. Maybe releasing that story and telling myself a different story about how much I’ve learned and experienced over the years and how these experiences have prepared me to be a great minister to people.
Since 9/11 was just two days ago, today is a good day to remember the victims of those horrible attacks, as well as the first responders who risked their own lives to save others. It’s also good to remember the Muslim community, which, unfortunately, has often been scapegoated for the attacks, even though an Islamic extremist group like al-Qaeda clearly does not reflect an entire religious group.
Envy can teach me how to be a person who is committed to love and justice. I envy people like Martin Luther King Jr., Mahatma Ghandi, Jesus of Nazareth, Oscar Romero, and others, who were able to simultaneously fight for justice and love while also loving and forgiving their enemies at the same time. I can learn from my envy by imitating these amazing figures that made a difference in the world.
The diversity of human culture with its various values and faith traditions, some of which is responsible for the arising of civilization itself, makes my heart sing.
Tonight, I can look in awe at the stars and moon in the night sky more deeply as I head to my apartment from the library I’m at right now.
Things NOT to do:
1. Slack in my academics.
2. Spend unnecessary time on my phone.
3. Hold grudges.
4. Gamble, even if a street magician comes up to me wanting to do so (yes, that was a hard lesson learned. LOL)
Just today, someone told me that we should catch up and go to lunch or something to talk. I agree, and I think my next act of kindness will be to find a day/time to do that.
My grandma smiled when she got to see me on my birthday. It had been a long time since I had seen my grandparents.
Just knowing that I will be a Unitarian Universalist minister fairly soon, Spirit-willing, inspires me to serve. Since I will be serving a congregation and a larger community, my work can be an opportunity to participate in the struggle for justice everywhere, including anti-racism work, environmental justice, economic equality, and other areas that intersect and overlap along with these. I hope that my actions will make the world a better place.
Learning and growing in wisdom, as well as asking deep questions and seeking answers, energizes me.
Two things I know for sure are that I exist and that numerical rules never change. Almost everything else is a mystery, and that is okay because mystery makes life more interesting.
I can say thank you for this day by living this day to the fullest and using the time I have today wisely.
I can savor the beauty of nature by spending more time actively enjoying it-looking at the clouds, sky, sun, trees, birds, insects, and reflecting on their beauty, rather than simply walking past them without taking time to notice or appreciate them.
I show my respect for others by thinking about their needs and wants before I act. So, for instance, in a conflict, before I lose my temper or say something I’ll regret, I try to reflect, “If I was the other person, how would I want me to react?” This is a mutually fulfilling gift because, when I show respect for others, they are more likely to respect me as well.
Everything changes when we embrace the inevitable paradoxes of life. One thing I’ve learned in anti-racism trainings is that either/or thinking is a symptom of white supremacy. By moving past everything being only this or that without a both/and element, we begin to dismantle certain forms of oppression.
While I personally push back against the term “dark” for hard times in life (as this can subconsciously reinforce racist assumptions), I will say that there are things that help me navigate through hard times in life. One of the things that helps me most is looking back on similar difficult times and remembering how I overcame them. By looking to the difficult times I have already overcome, I have a map for when something similar occurs in the future.
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