Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Never, never be afraid to do what's right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society's punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
...from the front porch. He doesn't really like the rain.
Monday, October 29, 2012
Sunday, October 28, 2012
Saturday, October 27, 2012
Friday, October 26, 2012
Certain thoughts are prayers. There are moments when, whatever be the attitude of the body, the soul is on its knees.
Victor HugoLes Misérables
Getting there is a process. I am in a continual state of working on myself. Those of you who are close to me (sorry SO, Mom, and Thithter...) know that I sometimes spew my less than loving thoughts. But I do try NOT to do that in public.
And I continue to work on my awareness and get brought up short on a regular basis. In the meantime, I thank you for your patience.
Thursday, October 25, 2012
The opposite of love is not hate, it's indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness, it's indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it's indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, it's indifference.
May your days (as well as your nights) be full of passion. Life is much fuller that way.
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
The only thing I fear more than change is no change. The business of being static makes me nuts... Art is the only way to run away without leaving home.
Change is all there is! Nothing doesn't change. (Wrap your head around that sentence.) Even in death--change continues.
What would happen if no change even could occur?
I don't think I want to know.
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Monday, October 22, 2012
Warriors confront the evil that most people refuse to acknowledge.
And for the record, confrontation doesn't always mean fighting. Just acknowledging and naming is sometimes all it takes.
True warriors pick their battles carefully. They fight only when necessary.
Sunday, October 21, 2012
Saturday, October 20, 2012
I think laughter may be a form of courage. As humans we sometimes stand tall and look into the sun and laugh, and I think we are never more brave than when we do that.
Laughter does so many things that are good for us. Laugh on! And bring someone with you!
Friday, October 19, 2012
Here I stand. I can do no other.
I've often said to people. "I know you don't like where you are, but until you accept it, you can't go somewhere else. You are at the mall looking at the directory and the X tells you you are in front of Sears. You want to go to Macy's. You say, 'I am not in front of Sears. I am in front of Penney's!' The route to get to Macy's is completely different. You won't make it there unless you accept that you are in front of Sears.
Thursday, October 18, 2012
If we are to love our neighbors, before doing anything else we must see our neighbors. With our imagination as well as our eyes, that is to say like artists, we must see not just their faces but the life behind and within their faces. Here it is love that is the frame we see them in.
Frederick BuechnerWhistling in the Dark
I know what it is like to be invisible. Frequently, people just don't see me. Prejudices get in the way and we become blind.
Because I know what it feels like to be invisible, I try to see people. I try to smile at someone every day--even when I'm having a cranky day.
And it is hard to truly smile at someone without seeing them--with the eyes and the heart. People get it. They know they are being seen.
When I started this practice, I was amazed (and I am a bit embarrassed to say this) at how many smile back.
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Indecision may or may not be my problem.
Did you know that Jimmy is a wonderfully, fun author? I stumbled upon A Salty Piece of Land while on vacation one year. Now I re-read it periodically because it is so much fun. (If you listen to his music, you'll see it in his books.)
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Monday, October 15, 2012
Sunday, October 14, 2012
Saturday, October 13, 2012
Sometimes your only available transportation is a leap of faith.
Seems lately I've been walking by faith more often than by sight. I say to the Beloved, "I wonder how you are going to work this out." Frequently, I say that.
I know the Beloved has my back. I know things will work out.
I don't know how things will work out. I don't know what the outcome will be.
I do know that the process and outcome may look completely different from what I expect. And I may not like all of it.
However, I do know the Beloved and I trust. Some days, it's all I can do.
Friday, October 12, 2012
Thursday, October 11, 2012
Did you hear about the 8 pound 9 ounce baby who was born on 10/11/12 at 13:14 (military time)?
I love new babies.
I love new babies.
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Tuesday, October 09, 2012
Abbot Pastor said: Get away from any man who always argues every time he talks.
The Wisdom of the Desert
Being able to argue well is a good skill to have. It means we have the capacity to hold an idea and parse our feelings and thoughts about it. It means that we know why we stand where we do on an issue.
Being argumentative as a way of life or as a trait of character is not at all the same.
Monday, October 08, 2012
A "No" uttered from the deepest conviction is better than a "Yes" merely uttered to please, or worse, to avoid trouble.
Wouldn't it be wonderful if our yesses and nos were honored?
Wouldn't it be wonderful if when someone said "yes" you could really believe that they meant it from the bottom of their heart?
Same with "no."
The ability to agree ("yes") or disagree ("no") defines us. That same ability grants us power--personal power...the ability to control our own lives.
Wouldn't that be wonderful?
Sunday, October 07, 2012
But I also had my mother. And she said she never saw the conflict between religion and evolution. Louis Leakey—my great mentor who dug up early man—he felt the same. So I had this, and then, yes, it all came together in the forest. But you have to remember, I didn’t start as a scientist. I wanted to be poet laureate, and I wanted to be a naturalist. That’s how I began. I didn’t have any desire to go and be a scientist. Louis Leakey channeled me there. I’m delighted he did. I love science. I love analyzing and making sense of all these observations. So it was the perfect rounding off of who I was into who I am.
I'm not a scientist, but I had a mother (and other people) who believed I could be whoever I wanted to be. I remember a number of teachers who encouraged me and thought I could do anything.
Believe in someone who is in the process of becoming. It makes a difference. You can change their life.
Saturday, October 06, 2012
Friday, October 05, 2012
Thursday, October 04, 2012
What you see here is the result of banana blowing in the wind. And Blowing in the Wind (the song) wonders aloud, "When are we going to get it?"When man avoids violence and war, although the way of war is open to him, he chooses the noblest line of conduct – restraint.
Zuli ~ ॐ
Truth is...if we don't get it soon we are all going to look a lot like banana after a wind storm--ragged. Beautiful still--but much broken down by the wear.
Wednesday, October 03, 2012
My hunger for the freedom of my own people became a hunger for the freedom of all people, white and black. I knew as well as I knew anything that the oppressor must be liberated just as surely as the oppressed. A [person] who takes away another [person's] freedom is a prisoner of hatred ... is locked behind bars of prejudice and narrow-mindedness. I am not truly free if I am taking away someone else's freedom, just as surely as I am not free when my freedom is taken from me. The oppressed and the oppressor alike are robbed of their humanity.
Tuesday, October 02, 2012
There are three kinds of patriots, two bad, one good. The bad ones are the uncritical lovers and the loveless critics. Good patriots carry on a lover's quarrel with their country, a reflection of God's lover's quarrel with all the world.
The Rev. William Sloane Coffin
I love my country. So do many people I know (or know of) with whom I disagree. All of us who love our country are patriotic. And there is more than one way to do it.
However, just like I want my beloved humans to be the best they can be, so I want that for my country. Being mindless and going along with those who do not have the good of everyone at heart (and in their plans) falls in the first category. Hating all politicians and wanting to throw all the bums out falls in the second.
Politics is a career. It is not something that Joe, The Plumber (or I) can step in and do. Certainly, not do well, anyway.
When I was younger, I probably fell more in the second category. Now, I have a lover's quarrel going on. And I am trying not to let those who woo the first category mess us all up.
Monday, October 01, 2012
I will never say anything that couldn't stand as the last thing I ever say.