Certainly I hope & long for a peaceful country/world. For my person, I long for a part-time job that is meaningful & will offer me more time to feed my spiritual tank. It’s calling out (& not so quietly) for more.
In order to have the richest life I need to encounter as many things as possible & this includes life’s pain. When I learn about the atrocities of others: physical & sexual violence, subjugation, & addiction, it helps me to understand the experiences of others & connects me to them. There’s nothing more important than this.
Love & respect for everyone is at the top of my list. I am responsible for calling out injustice: racism, sexism, degradation toward any group of people. It can be scary & exhausting because sometimes it feels like a full~time job. But, it’s my job. It’s all of ours…..
My mom was deathly ill this summer & because of the covid restrictions things were even more complicated. Collaborating w/ my siblings about who would do certain tasks & be w/ my dad was very helpful. We had a plan & when it didn’t go smoothly we regrouped & replanned. I’m so fortunate to have 4 siblings. We were a team & both of my parents felt very loved.
Following the Holy Spirit is quite new to me. My curiosity has led me to open myself to her Wisdom & to really listen w/ my heart. She leads me places I would never see without her guidance.
I work my gratefulness muscle everyday. It takes effort & a commitment to keep it buff & ready for action. When I share my gratefulness on the regular other people start to get in shape too. It’s contagious even while wearing a mask!
*I focus on the gifts that are in everyone & accentuate them.
*I pray & meditate to connect deeper to God.
*I shut up & listen.
*I laugh & spread joy.
*I breathe (or bite my tongue)when I’m triggered to say something unkind or inappropriate.
*I speak out against injustice.
*I wear a mask.
*I eat a vegan diet.
Eat healthy delicious food, work up a sweat on Timmy, my treadmill, be intentional with my thoughts, words & deeds, finish my Prophet paper🙂
Tapping into gratefulness colors everything I do & generates positivity and hope. Every interaction I have is touched by gratefulness. When I lose my focus & succumb to worry and anxiety, my friend, Gratefulness nudges me & says, “Hi. Remember me?!”
Today I am devoting time to prayer & study. This helps me to ground myself in my faith. These are troubling times & it’s so important for me not to lose sight of the strength of faith & the beauty of the world. Rejuvenation of the soul impacts the world so that’s my gift today.
I can hold her tight & tell her how special she is. Tenderness can often lead to hurt & pain but it’s one of the keys to being a compassionate partner in this world. She gets bruised & I make her a beautiful cup of tea & sit w/ her….it’s how we repair so we can stay tender.
Sometimes gratefulness doesn’t come easily & so we need a reminder of its importance….just a gentle nudge. Intellectually we know there is an abundance of goodness at our fingertips & when life gets in the way, pulling us down, we need to seek out the beauty.
Since you asked….we barely know how to communicate with one another & are encouraged to be in competition. This fosters disconnect & alienation when what we need is connection & to feel like we are in this together. I vote for collaboration every time!!
Pam, without hiking during the pandemic it’s possible I would’ve lost my mind. Yay for strong legs & beautiful trails!!
Haha. Our “machines” need our tender love & respect, Howie🙂
Hi, Pollyanna! I have required a 2×4 on occasion as well. Goodness, we can be so dense at times😆. Thank You for reminding me about the videos. That prompted me to watch & learn from James. Inspiring….
Uber chapel….love your spiritual creativity💚
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