GCharlotte, Butterfly, Pilgrim, Michele, Christina and Kevin. I just read your responses (all earlier than this of course). I feel I am in the presence of a lot of sincere effort, strength and courage. That’s all I need or want to say today.
Small acts of kindness and courage matter tremendously. Speaking out even if your voice is shaking matters tremendously. If you have an issue with someonel, address that person directly. God loves you. You will never be perfect & you will fail daily. God knows and loves you anyway.
As usual, a lovely bouquet of responses! These past weeks, I’ve paid special attention to prayer & meditation am and pm and I think it’s helping. I don’t meditate (that sounds too grand a word for what I do) for long, 5-10 minutes. And I have been writing poetry after a long hiatus. And all the usual miracles: trees, flowers, music, my cat, Lilly. Netflix. (Only half-joking with that last one!)
Thank you, this question is precisely what I needed to remind myself not to obsess over what a troll wrote on Facebook, but to let it go and above all, not engage! Friends, why is it so hard to let go of ugly mean-hearted insults that thinking about only makes me miserable? How do YOU let go of such stuff?
To add to this wonderful list: I value my health. I take “investment” to mean a caring for, a stewardship, and I do take measures every day to maintain this precious health (knowing well that there are no guarantees in life).
I have never even once in my life considered any part of me to be magnificent. But I am God’ handiwork! This planet is magnificent, trees, animals and oceans are magnificent. I guess I tend to dwell esp. lately on what harm we humans have done to the earth and to animals. I need to remember that through God we can indeed be magnificent, and we don’t need to be Mozart or Einstein, we just need to let our true nature shine through.
After my plump golden cat eats she is usually so happy (because of course before I feed her, you would think from her piteous cries that she hadn’t had food for 3 days) that she rolls around on her back in the living room for sheer joy. I cannot top that for gratitude, but I can here by thank God for cats….and for all animals. And I can embody that gratitude by treating them with care and respect.
Thank you for this lovely essay. It was exactly what I needed to read this morning.
My immediate somewhat wry response? When I walk into the office of a co-worker and silently wish her well. Ten years of working with this woman have taught me that wariness on my part is not cynicism, it’s survival, but I honestly think if I bring good vibes with me as I walk in the door, it helps.
Thank you for a lovely essay that resonated with me.
I think “be true to who you are” is at the heart of every wisdom tradition…or if it isn’t, it should be!
Thank you so much Sheila, such wise words. I will try this (although it’s hard!).
What lovely and rich response, JennaMae! I second it.
I am so sorry for your loss, Sarah. May I say, it sounds like this experience has deepened you and made you more compassionate.
Thank you for this beautiful and thoughtful post, Carol. I will look up Philip Gulley next time I am at the library.
What a lovely and needed reminder, Sheila. Thank you.
Debra, I think it’s huge that you have graduated from impatience to peaceful acceptance as far as traffic (and LA traffic!). No small accomplishment. All too often even though I may not vent so other drivers know, I am fuming in my car, doing my inners no good and wasting precious energy on what cannot be helped. Send me some of your peaceful vibes!
Thank you Mica!
Wow, I almost had tears in my eyes reading what you wrote about this wonderful man, Deb. No doubt in my mind you are carrying on his legacy. We need to hear about more good men like this. The news is so very full of bad ones. I’m glad his memory brings joy (painful joy?) to you.
Many thanks, Wiltrud. I saw the little snake on a bike path years ago. Still remember that crimson tongue!
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