Today I am grateful to be alive, to feel, see and know the grace and power of something we call Spirit. That alone is joy and gift enough!
I have a list! But the only wrongs that I can realistically address are those that I have a part in.
I felt a sense of gratefulness in my body exactly one hour ago when I woke up! I feel that every day, actually, just before my brain finishes its assessment of how I feel overall and how much pain I am carrying into this new day. No complaints though. I have too many friends who didn’t wake up today at all.
In retirement, one of my service activities is to serve as the caretaker of the buildings and grounds of our Quaker Meeting property. I oversee all scheduled needs for repairs and routine maintenance and secure tradespeople to do work required. I recently found a new electrician to do electrical when it’s needed. He’s a “hidden gem” in my book because 1), he answers his phone and returns my texts, and 2), he gets the job done when he says he will!
Probably not the kind of “hi...
Probably not the kind of “hidden gem” answer folks had in mind to today’s question. But sometimes it’s the ordinary, everyday, unflashy elements of daily living that stand out the most and ultimately do the most good.
Having a purpose for my days; sharing days with my wife; interacting with one or more of our seven grandkids; being able to exercise; riding around town with our dog, Gracie; rowing with my teammates; eating, sleeping and looking forward to the next day that comes.
By continuing to work for the “good” regardless of how bad things are right now in the country in which I live. Arlo Guthrie once famously said, “What good is light without a dark place to stick it?” Those words have made sense to me countless times over the years.
After a period of discernment and prayer, I try to use whatever skills I may have that benefits others in ways that not only is of value to others around me, but which is also sustainable for me to be doing in the long haul as well.
I am rather fond of both the movie and the soundtrack of The Greatest Showman (2017). The movie is heartwarming and when I need a pick-me-up I fire up the movie’s soundtrack and it never disappoints!
Waking up each morning! After that, the “fullness” takes care of itself.
This is a great question with so many ways to approach it. One way, which I will focus on, is how people around town and across the world are becoming increasingly alarmed and engaged in the need to protect our planet before it’s too late. From the expanding efforts to recycle, repurpose, address pollution and reduce our carbon footprint across the world, regardless of geographical, cultural, national and ethnic boundaries, people are coming together to work, protest and demand that changes...
This is a great question with so many ways to approach it. One way, which I will focus on, is how people around town and across the world are becoming increasingly alarmed and engaged in the need to protect our planet before it’s too late. From the expanding efforts to recycle, repurpose, address pollution and reduce our carbon footprint across the world, regardless of geographical, cultural, national and ethnic boundaries, people are coming together to work, protest and demand that changes are made to address these increasingly dire concerns. The work at hand may be the primary focus, but in so doing it is also bringing us as a people the world over closer together.
I am content with who I am, and I also know that I have enough of the things that matter to me. I continue to share as my resources allow.
Even though the orbit of my daily activities find me interacting with the same types of people from day-to-day, I don’t think that I “ normally” nor intentionally exclude anyone. But I get what today’s question is trying to explore.
In my view the greater challenge is expanding my circle of normal interactions with people who are different than I am in ways that are real, sustainable and genuine and not done solely for the purpose of checking off some kind of a box as done.
Light. Light is magical to me.
Such a great question today! Yet, upon reading the question I realize that I do not have any clear sense in my own head and heart if I actually have convictions that have not been given voice. It’s not that I don’t have convictions, because I do and they have already found their voice.
But today’s question is still a very good one for me to ponder. It encourages me to dust-off the convictions I presently hold that contribute to making me who I am and to see if any are still hidi...
But today’s question is still a very good one for me to ponder. It encourages me to dust-off the convictions I presently hold that contribute to making me who I am and to see if any are still hiding in the shadows.
One of the ways that I might help, in whatever small way that may be, to alleviate the stressors and life challenges of another person is to simply pause and listen to their story. They will decide what story to tell and they will let me know if it has helped.
Today’s question seems like a near-repeat of several other daily questions just recently. That point aside, for some reason what immediately jumped into my head upon reading today’s question was the popular hymn, “Finlandia” and most especially it’s lyrics. For anyone who has had the opportunity to sing this hymn in a house of worship will understand how the melody and words touch upon the deeper meaning of today’s question. Here’s the song:
“This Is My Song” (Finnlan...
“This Is My Song” (Finnlandia)
This is my song, O God of all the nations,
a song of peace for lands afar and mine;
this is my home, the country where my heart is;
here are my hopes, my dreams, my holy shrine:
but other hearts in other lands are beating
with hopes and dreams as true and high as mine.
My country’s skies are bluer than the ocean,
and sunlight beams on cloverleaf and pine;
but other lands have sunlight too, and clover,
and skies are everywhere as blue as mine:
O hear my song, thou God of all the nations,
a song of peace for their land and for mine.
It seems that the process of becoming an older man brings with it many stories to tell! But for me, it’s not about releasing stories it’s about choosing which stories to share and at what time.
My faith and my family have sustained me during times of despair or during times when Hope felt far away.
So, so true, Pilgrim! My point exactly. Always gets me thinking about Brother Lawrence who coined the phrase while describing his life’s work as “a ministry of pots and pans.” (!)
Thanks Verena, can’t wait to have a chance to look it up and listen to it sung by Joan Baez.
Hi Debra, for sure, every time I sing this hymn I never make it through with dry eyes! There’s just something about the way the melody and words play off of each other.
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