Amo Ergo Sum — that’s the hope.
1. Forgiveness, especially from my children (I’m far more terse than I ought to be)
2. A good marriage
3. the ability to go our for walks
4. Prayer resources
5. I cannot predict the future, but I’m very grateful each day I am still employed
6. a backyard to enjoy; especially for the kids
7. Budding flowers
8. People to share life with, even if over text messages; the ability to video call family
9. Continually grateful ...
9. Continually grateful for the Spirit which attempts to direct my misdirections
10. The community, and all things internal and external that create, uncover, discover, animate, point-to, or remind me of hope.
1.) Doing it right
2.) Being where I ought to be
Bay-St-Louis Bridge in October of 2018, that was a beautiful morning walk and sunrise. Peacefully is not the most optimal word or description, but it’s a nice place-holder as a better descriptor fails me at the moment.
I confess my eyes have been clouded by scarcity, fear, anxiety, and frustration. I do not readily see expressions of generosity, though I trust that in spite of sub-optimal vision, acts and expressions of generosity are going on around me. I may be negative, but there’s enough hope that I’m not a cynic yet.
Nanny and Papa’s apartment; my room in my childhood house; the comfort, contours, and familiarity of my own bed especially after having been away, reminds me, make me feel at home.
I feel at home in many parts of Wisconsin.
An ode to green. that color that fills the palate of spring and accompanies the sultry sun in summer. A verdancy that is lowly, below us, under our feet. Liturgically it is ordinary and encompasses much. Envy tried to steal its stealth, but the domain of green remains the kingdom of life.
Catherine McAuley, Dorothy Day, Francis DeSales, my wife.
Well, I suppose God and that presence of God wants to come through me into the world, as it does each of his creatures and all creation? I’m no prophet or mystic; I’ve no direct commune or channel with God, but I suspect that God wants to shine forth in each of us through the spirit and talents, gifts and desires he’s/she’s patched together in our very fiber.
I honor this when I do – and when I be – as I ought.
To choose pause over immediacy; to recognize that I should have my default posture — at least at this time — in “pause” or “rest” in “being” rather than “doing”. Pausing gives shape to love, and allows me to recognize love rather than reacting immediately which usually means choosing frustration, anger, expediency or any other minimally loved, or loveless response.
Additionally if my posture is that of pause, I won’t de...
Additionally if my posture is that of pause, I won’t develop “decision fatigue” every blessed minute I’m faced with the choice of responding with love or responding without love.
Pausing, not stopping, I hope allows the my heart to stretch and love bigger.
People of integrity have inspired me to live my most authentic life. Perhaps also a dash of interpersonal compassion accompanied by belief in their integrity: Nanny and Pappa, Joe Hesse, Dave Wallner, Sr Carol Rose Buirds, Sr. Sue Sanders, Sr. Joy Clough, my folks, my wife and my kids. Kids are great at integrity because they lack years of practiced hypocrisy.
Tough questions lately. Many days I feel near powerless in just about every direction; can what I do make any affect (on my well-being, for my house/family, for my community or country)? It seems the only power I have regularly is the power to corrode or destroy but not the power to maintain or to build-up.
Gratitude is not a concept in micro or macro economics 101, regardless of policy or systems. At some point, maybe econ 201 you might get into some behaviors/psychology. But the concept of gratefulness within an economic paradigm seems foreign. Also, I know where this is going, and it’s important, I just hope it doesn’t lead to settling: a.k.a. economic systems that are unfair or unjust, but we do not attempt to ameliorate them for ones sake or for the sake of those injured by the ...
Gratitude is not a concept in micro or macro economics 101, regardless of policy or systems. At some point, maybe econ 201 you might get into some behaviors/psychology. But the concept of gratefulness within an economic paradigm seems foreign. Also, I know where this is going, and it’s important, I just hope it doesn’t lead to settling: a.k.a. economic systems that are unfair or unjust, but we do not attempt to ameliorate them for ones sake or for the sake of those injured by the system because we settle for being grateful for whatever we have: whether just or unjust.
Recently, my family embarked on probably the nicest family vacation we will be taking for a very long while. When we showed up to our hotel, we were informed that our room was being refurbished so we were assigned another room, a significant upgrade for free. It was quite nice.
A few times on public transit this week the folks who smile or offer to wait so I or someone else can deboard first is also a nice gift; a gift I also return in kind.
I was in Holland for a day for a prayer and pot-luck with Mercy Associates at St. Francis de Sales. I didn’t get to see much of the town but it seemed wonderful.
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