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.)
“It is the unqualified result of all my work with the sick, that second only to their need of fresh air is their need of light. It is a curious thing to observe how almost all patients lie with their faces turned to the light, exactly as plants always make their way towards the light.”Florence Nightengale
get away sunday
Get away today.
Whether you are able to do this by physically changing your location or if constraints are such that you can’t go far from home. Get away… Away from your worries… Away from the modern conveniences that cause you headaches… Just away ~Justifiably away.
Perhaps there are more reasons today why you can’t connect with nature. Do it anyway. Take a walk. Get in water. Do yardwork. Arrange flowers. Smell them. Leave them by the bedside. No experience is too small.
“One of the compelling theories about nature is that it acts like an advanced drug. …It would appear that when we have a positive nature experience, it engages what’s good in the default network without allowing us to wallow too much in what’s problematic.”
Florence Williams, The Nature Fix
“I need air.” “I can’t breathe.” These are things we say when we are under duress. “Put your own oxygen mask on first,” says the flight attendant, and the life coach. So why, pray tell, do we ignore the call for self care and fresh air. Heed it. Honor it. Enjoy it-today!
As fresh as morning breeze, feeling reborn, I wander here and there without a care in the world. Let others chase after wealth. I am content with the gifts provided by Mother Tao. (Lao Tsu)
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