A friend reached out this a.m. after reading St Therese’s prayer. She has lost both her parents in the last few months. We chatted a bit about grief and asking for strength. She commented she wasn’t sure who she was talking to in her head, but that traditional beliefs did not have a presence in her life right now.
Completely understandable, we don’t feel very spirited in the wilderness.
It got me to thinking…
Faith. Does it matter what you are having faith in, or just that you are choosing to believe?
And which feels better right now– to project hope into a future positive possibility or to fear the worst?
Faith is seeing possibilities, not just problems. (What is a problem solver anyway? I think it’s just someone that believes in possible solutions.)
Enjoy the After Break
“Love will keep us together “Captain & Tennille
It’s the first day of the rest of my life.
I’ve found myself saying that a bunch in the last few years.
I suppose, in the spirit of the season, it’s something we should say more often. It might be a good practice to start one’s day with, as a reminder that anything is possible, and now is the time, which Oh yeah, was the theme of this blog.
Lent has come and gone, we are gaining on Covid, and quite close to moving into AD days (After Dis-ease!) In my mind’s eye is the analogy of the afterbreak of a wave. The crashing down of the seminal incident has occurred, but there’s residual energy you can still work with. In fact, it’s quite pleasant, as we are not navigating the full impact of the break, but we can enjoy the ride a bit, making use of the skills we have learned, and feel supported, with the wind at our backs.
Easter tide, Covid tide, and the energy of renewal budding forth around us. It’s a good time. A good time to be present, aware, thoughtful, and appreciative.
Years ago on this date (in fact 26 years ago which makes my years without my father more numbered than the ones with him,) I watched my dad give in to bodily shut down in an ICU bay. For the last 24 hours of his life, having been told it would end soon, my family held a vigil of sorts- not wanting him to die there alone. Unconscious though he was, he was so clearly aware of the love that surrounded him in various shifts throughout that night. The next morning he rebounded for a bit, with enough improvement in his vitals that doctors used the word miracle, but, later that day his heart stopped and his life here on earth ended.
I will forever be sold on that power of love. And, in observing his fight for more of the life he dearly loved, I can’t ever let this lesson go. Simply said, we cannot take for granted the abundance of love in and around us at all times. Carpe diem. Now is the Time, and The Time is Now.
Maria Shriver’s Sunday message yesterday spoke to this very message, and very much to me. (You can read it by clicking here.)
Maybe living more into the love in our lives is the best lesson to take away from this chapter of wilderness. After all, it is the message of all the great saints, sages, and masters.
Also… thank you. For participating in 40daysofpeace, for hanging in and on tight during difficult times. It’s been a good time to dig into various inspirations and practices that have been helpful to me. Hopefully some of these landed on you in a way that was helpful too, or at least amusing:) It definitely takes a village; even a virtual one is life- giving. So thanks.
Until next time: à dieu, sayonara, adios, namaste,
and always, enjoy~
The I AM Meditations, by Jacob Glass
“I have put love at the very center of my life.
Love is the why of everything I do and it carries me
Through to completion when things get tough.
Love is what compels and impels my life and
This Love is the very essence of Who and what I am.
Love lights my way as I focus my attention on
The loves of my life – those people and things that
Bring the most joy to me – music, art, friends, pets,
Sunshine, children’s laughter, wild flowers-
I am guided, driven, compelled, and lifted up by love today.”
Affirmative Prayer Treatment 51, The I AM Meditations, by Jacob Glass