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Life, lies, trees and hell

Last night, wandering through the house, I found myself thinking about Mom.  Why?  I did something she taught me – and you’ve done it, too.  That moment when you head to a room and forget what you’re there after?  She calls those the “here-afters.”   I was in the basement before I realized what I wanted was 2 flights up.  Geez.  I sorted myself out and found what I was looking for and went on my way.

 

Life’s like that though, isn’t it?  We get busy zipping around, doing our thing and other things distract us from what’s at hand.

 

I’m attending a workshop soon and part of my pre-class “homework” includes thinking about answers to several thought-provoking questions ~ some were easy for me,  especially the question about passion.

 

What I’m passionate about always comes down to this: it’s what’s not negotiable. It’s what I could never, ever leave behind.  It’s how I behave and who I am whether anyone is around to know. I know, and that’s enough. It’s honing the traits and values that I’ve carried with me from middle school to middle age.  It’s all of that and what’s yet to come.

 

To that point, I saw this clip this morning and what he had to say resonated with me.

Have you ever had someone try to make you part of their lie?  Have you pulled back and found your own character in question?   There’s a lot of truth in him saying that we all lie – maybe not like that lady does — but we tell ourselves lies like these all the time: “I’m fine,” “It’s no big deal,” “I don’t care,” “I can’t,” or, worse yet, “I’m not worthy.”

But, to that end, I’m not helping you go to Hell, either.

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The fight

“A fight is going on inside me,” said an old man to his son. “It is a terrible fight between two wolves. One wolf is evil. He is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.

The other wolf is good. he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith.

The same fight goes on inside you.”

The son thought about it for a minute and then asked, “Which wolf will win?”

The old man replied simply, “The one you feed.”
Native American proverb

Who are you feeding?wolf cubs napping

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The road less travelled

Advising one of our boys recently, I found myself in a deep discussion about doing the right thing.

I reminded him that,  in spite of someone’s hatefulness,  he should always take the high road.

He tilted his head and gave me a look that said … explain please?

So I filled him in on the nuances of the “high road.”  How it’s a road most often  traveled alone.  It’s usually headed away from the masses.  It’s far from comfortable.  There’s plenty of goading, very few luxuries and not many rest stops along the way.

Then I assured him that when he’s on the high road he’ll know it because of how his heart feels.

He will walk taller, stand straighter, have a whistle in his heart and a song on his lips.

He will know.

How?

He will know he’s on the high road when he doesn’t see any of the “preachy” people he’s met walking alongside him.

He will see the man who could take the extra cash and look the other way but doesn’t because it’s not the right thing to do.

He will see the woman who fed a lingering child without being sure how she’ll feed her own the next day.

He will see the couple working multiple jobs who still make time to check in and talk with an elderly neighbor.

He will see some with enough, a few with nothing, and many …. walking on their own.

He will not see the Sunday Christians, the Holy Rollers or the Damnation givers.

He will recognize himself in every single one of them and that’s when he’ll know:  he’ll know he’s following his soul’s journey to do what’s right  ..  in the eyes of God.

*originally published August 17, 2011 by Emjayandthem. 

“The same crowds that were crying out ‘Hosanna’ were crying out “crucify Him” five days later” – Matthew 27:22 – 23

 

Categories: Faith, Family, fear, Forgiveness, Growth, Life, Men, Opinion, Personal, Quotes, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | 29 Comments

The Lesson in the Lesson

Yesterday, I took a class.

I took a class with a room full a strangers; a hearty mix of eager souls excited to learn more about methods of communicating.  I did that, but, in a sidebar conversation, I ended up learning about alternative ways of healing.

I’ve been aware of words like “chakras” and “energy points” but also had always maintained a rather dismissive and cautious view of it. In my mind’s eye, I thought I knew what I needed to know. I thought I knew but I didn’t.

I didn’t really understand that there are points in our bodies that correspond to our sense of another; points that talk to us when we sense negativity or … our own fear.  I’ve written about experiencing just that last summer.

I didn’t know there are parts of the body that will shut down when a situation finds us unable to speak the truth

I didn’t know but I know now.  And I know just enough to know I want to know more.

I love learning new things! (googleimages.ca)

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“Life will break you. Nobody can protect you from that, and living alone won’t either, for solitude will also break you with its yearning.

You have to love.

You have to feel.

It is the reason you are here on earth.

You are here to risk your heart.

You are here to be swallowed up.

And when it happens that you are broken, or betrayed, or left, or hurt, or death brushes near, let yourself sit by an apple tree and listen to the apples falling all around you in heaps, wasting their sweetness. Tell yourself you tasted as many as you could.”

― Louise Erdrich, The Painted Drum

Ever had a “lesson in the lesson?”

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