Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable. ... Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
I'm a little late for his birthday, but any day is a good day for a MLK quote.
May we find peace, justice, and equality. They do, after all, go together.
Friday, January 25, 2013
We are already one. We just think we are separate.
View this gallery. Then tell them they are not one.
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Sunday, January 20, 2013
The dolphin didn't ask if the diver was Republican or Democrat.
The diver didn't ask if the dolphin was gay or straight...or from a particular social status or religion.
All that is required is kindness and willingness to help...and ask for help.
Shouldn't that be enough?
Thursday, January 17, 2013
During the years of the early Christian church women served as deacons, priests, bishops, apostles, teachers and prophets. It wasn't until the fourth century that dominant Christian leaders, all men, twisted and distorted Holy Scriptures to perpetuate their ascendant positions within the religious hierarchy.The truth is that male religious leaders have had - and still have - an option to interpret holy teachings either to exalt or subjugate women. They have, for their own selfish ends, overwhelmingly chosen the latter.
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Wednesday, January 16, 2013
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Wednesday, January 09, 2013
Tuesday, January 08, 2013
Monday, January 07, 2013
Sunday, January 06, 2013
Thursday, January 03, 2013
Wednesday, January 02, 2013
(banana after the freeze)
Begin the new year square with every man.
Robert B. Thomas
founder of The Old Farmer's Almanac
It's never too late to apologize.
Lately, I've been doing a lot of life review in my head. Sometimes I recall events...moments...things I have done or said that make me cringe. I wish I had behaved differently. I didn't.
Saying that I did the best I could at the time might be true. That's not enough. My "best" isn't always good enough. Of course, I can't go back and change anything. I can move forward. I can acknowledge my crankiness or faux pas or...whatever I did and said that didn't meet my standards in review.
I look at the situation. Did I cause someone else pain or distress? Did I act like an ass?
I apologize. Simply, "I'm sorry." I tell the person that I can talk with them about it in more depth if they want. If they want to know why I behaved the way I did, I will tell them. The apology, however, is not intended as an opportunity for me to defend myself. My desire is to acknowledge my bad behavior and say I am sorry. In some cases, giving the reason for bad behavior comes across as an effort to justify. The truth is, most often "why" doesn't matter.
Twelve step programs know this. Step 9: "Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others."
What constitutes injury? I am sure that is up for debate. My general rule is that if my apology will make the other person uncomfortable that, too, can be considered injury. If it makes me uncomfortable...that's tough. I still move forward and say what needs to be said. Some people want to move forward and an apology simply brings up awkwardness. I try to respect that.
Lately, I've apologized for bad behaviors that are 40 years old and only a few months old. Was that necessary? Yes. Because those things were rattling around in my head and I needed to acknowledge that I screwed up...and that I am continuing my process of self-improvement.
Humble pie is really good when it is served to the right people.
Tuesday, January 01, 2013
Sun is my favorite time of year...any season. Thanks for starting out that way. I can take a little bit of the other stuff. Just don't make it last too long at any one stretch. Just saying....
Last year you gave me the word "ease." I'm not saying you were wrong. It just didn't stick. Oh, I didn't expect everything to be easy. Lord knows it wasn't. Apparently, I wasn't ready for it (or something). I forgot. I can't even tell you when I forgot. I had to look it up to see what my word was. That's how completely I forgot it. Maybe this year--if you are going to give me a word at all--it could be something that is relevant enough that I can at least remember and work with it? Thanks.
And one more thing...
Could we come to some kind of peaceful understanding this year? I'd rather not end this year feeling like I can't wait for you to be gone. I'd really like to like you--if you know what I mean. I'm willing to do my part, but it takes two of us.