If rather than seeing everything as opportunity, I saw it as gift, that would naturally ring true to me. To see everything as opportunity seemed at first opportunistic, seeking my own good. But then, perhaps the truth is somewhere in between — receiving all as gift and then acting towards good in relation to a greater whole …
Well, yes, I do! No help needed!
I have learned lately that in the chaos of my difficult life there is a central place of deep calm and deep peace and the sense of being held and loved by our Beloved Lord, and Our Gracious Lady …
Take the next breath …
Daily Question, October 19
What is life?
A miracle! Pure gift! Energy in a myriad forms. Breathtakingly beauty. Power. Vulnerability. Dynamic movement. Stillness. Interconnected. Relationship. Yet unique Individuality. Interdependence. Autonomy. Finite in form, and infinite in essence.
The first thing that popped into my head was this!
“The Johnny Appleseed Blessing
Oh, the Lord is good to me,
And so I thank the Lord
For giving me the things I need
The sun, and the rain, and the apple seed.”
I suppose each of us could compose our own version! 🙂
None! I think my body is amazing and I am so grateful for it!
Well, I suppose if I live gratefully and with courage, I do not have to be inspired to affect social change, change will happen around me … That does not sound very pro-active, but perhaps each of us is called to effect change in different ways …
What is your view?
For a long time I have been holding on to the false god of the importance of finding the right man. In theory I know that if I search for the kingdom of God the rest will be added unto me. But emotionally I have clung to the idea of finding my husband and all would be well!
So now I pray for the gift of a holy marriage relationship, if God so wills, and carry on with my life, continuing to place God first.
How does it feel? Scary and liberating at the same time.
The beginning of a new day, such as has never been, nor will ever be again. Pure gift.
I learn that all is well in the universe, and that I am embraced in love.
I am a retired person, wh0 though poor, receive old age security and a guaranteed income supplement. I can also get food and bus tickets at Community Aid. I need to buy a monthly bus pass, so I get the bus tickets offered at community aid to give to those who need them more than I do! And I can give change to beggars on the street or in the metro system as I travel … On another level, I live in Montreal, a bilingual city, though of course, not everyone is. So I do some translation of docume...
I am a retired person, wh0 though poor, receive old age security and a guaranteed income supplement. I can also get food and bus tickets at Community Aid. I need to buy a monthly bus pass, so I get the bus tickets offered at community aid to give to those who need them more than I do! And I can give change to beggars on the street or in the metro system as I travel … On another level, I live in Montreal, a bilingual city, though of course, not everyone is. So I do some translation of documents in my church community for free. As I ponder this question, I am sure I may come up with some other things I might do!
For me, “the dark” is usually about how others are treating me. So if I try to love others as they are without judgment, understand them and feel compassion for them, I am facing my own inner darkness …
To learn to live from the deepest and truest part of my God-created self. I may not always be approved of, but I would be true to who I am called to be.
It would liberate me, set me free to accept who I am, and acknowledge I have a part to play in rectifying things …
I think that comes from knowing that I am loved, accepted, forgiven and watched over with kindness and mercy … that I was created by love, for love … to love and to be loved …
Today, is the feast of our holy guardian angels!
May they always guide me to take the higher road of love, acceptance, forgiveness and kindness …
I think resilience comes through facing, with God’s help and mercy, the difficulties that come to us in life with courage ….
Rather than being a turned-in-upon-myself person, I can open my eyes and ears, all my senses, and all my being, to what IS in the present moment …
I will no doubt discover something vaster, and more life-giving, than if I sit in front of my computer playing a card game while thoughts of frustrations in my life churn through my mind and my gut!
I love music and have the same piano I had when I was a child (that was a l … o … n … g time ago) and the piano sits buried under...
I love music and have the same piano I had when I was a child (that was a l … o … n … g time ago) and the piano sits buried under books and papers, and some dust too! Hello! I aim to clear it off and start playing again …
I feel alone — and yet my place is too cluttered and dusty for me to invite friends or family over. I will make my place a welcoming place for family and friends …
And that’s just a couple of examples among many I could cite …
Uncertainty could lead to inertia … but better still, it can lead us to courageously living the best of what we are called to.
That is beautiful, Alicia! You are encouraging and inspiring me to apply this myself as I face some of the challenges in my life … Thank you for the gift of this post!
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