A collective will for the common good.
Continued care, healthy unprocessed food, walking in the woods and maybe more upper body strength training. My body asks for my daily appreciation and recognition of how much its doing all the time, deep inside, where its processes are invisible to me. It’s astonishing in its complexity. Thank you, dear body.
I don’t feel that I am ignoring various feelings – some anger, resentment, disappointment – you name ’em, I got ’em – or they re-emerge at times. But I’m chipping away at them, coming to terms, accepting them and the situations they represent. It feels like “honest exploration and acceptance” will never be a completed process and I am also (mostly) at peace with that.
Those named above are traditionally ‘negative’ feelings – but what about the ‘positive’ on...
Those named above are traditionally ‘negative’ feelings – but what about the ‘positive’ ones, friends? What about self-love and respect? Knowing deep down that God is setting a seal of approval on us all the time? Maybe those feelings also need more honest exploration and true acceptance…. ?
I’m currently part of a fundraising effort to reconstruct the only four tennis courts open to the public in our little community. I know that I’ve benefited from the courts (cracked though they may be!) because of the past generation who made this available to me and others. Now I want to pass this resource on for the health and enjoyment of people in the next couple of decades. I feel this is a very practical (and almost literally concrete!) way of contributing. 🙂
By not taking anything for granted. By being a positive presence. By noticing all the beauty. By doing something for another. And another…
Knowing God is in the dark, too.
It helps me acknowledge our mutual interdependence…. Today I am grateful for my late mother. It’s the one year anniversary of her death today and I’m going off to take care of my two little grandchildren all day. Ah, the circle of life… the connections … the gratitude!
I’d like people to feel they are grateful that my life and theirs intertwined.
In a small town or rural area like ours, when you meet another car on a low-traffic road, you make a gesture of acknowledgement to the other driver. When we walk on the road, we do the same thing with the drivers. It’s a kind of “Hello, I’m human and so are you…” Acknowledgement. I see you.
Your instinct is right and the answer just perfect. Thank you, Christine.
This is a helpful reflection, Kevin. Is our motivation to do something that makes US “feel better” (and then is essentially focused on our own needs) or is it authentically other-based?
Prayers for your hands and the osteoarthritic finger, Christine. I know you will keep playing no matter what because the spirit of your music is coming from your heart!
So happy I made you laugh. Thinking of myself as a panini often helps me to see my situation with humor (and even gratitude sometimes!)
I resonate with this, Holly…. I “semi” joke that I don’t feel part of the “sandwich” generation, so much as a “panini” — kind of hot-pressed from both directions. So I know what you mean about needing to take measures to calm and ground myself…. Thanks for that honest assessment.
And I thank YOU, sunnypatti, for the same! You have brought so many gifts to this online community and to me….
The same for me, Kevin. Most of the people who initially paved the way or formed me are among the communion of saints but no longer earthly present. But I try to honor their legacy by the way I live my life…
This is a very helpful picture for me, Holly. Thank you. I think about and notice edges in nature a lot, so “navigating the dark along the twilight edge” is helpful (I was going to say “illuminating” — there you go.)
Thanks for reminding me of the story! I actually just listened to this story on a Classic Kids Stories podcast two weeks ago with my 4 1/2 year old granddaughter. She wanted to hear it again (and again)! Yep, gotta go through it!
I’m giving thanks with you for Henriette (and all those who are like her) today! Thank you, Christine.
And I’m another “Cheesehead” as they call people in Wisconsin – and I join Christine in wishing you well on the exam, Sunnipatti! With two Cheeseheads in your corner (and all your studying and prep!) you’ll do GREAT! Or should I say GRATE?! 🙂
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