When an event or person comes at you, out of the blue, you have two basic choices. Accept, or throw a tantrum. Rejection isn’t usually in the cards ~ what’s happened has already happened. And all a tantrum (or non-acceptance) accomplishes is to make the first experience with this new reality a negative one. What’s the point of that? Out of the Blue I am not advocating a passive approach to life: we always have the option to form dreams and intentions. But if I have been dilig
Understanding, acceptance, forgiveness ~ these are necessary for reconciling our differences. Hate is like acid thrown on our spirit. Even grudges leave their mark. Reconciliation 6 Reconciliation 7 Reconciliation 8 Oscar Wilde was humourous about forgiveness. He counseled, “Always forgive your enemies – nothing annoys them so much.” But Rumi and Mark Twain went to the heart of the matter: Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and right doing, there is a field. I will meet you there
Julianne’s comments are “off,” so I will tell you, here, how stimulated I was by her post “Shell Game.” Julianne’s lifelong shell collecting has changed from seeking “perfect specimens” to those that are “broken” (thus able to reveal more of their interior), or studded with barnacles and stones. Perhaps this shift in my vision is a natural factor of aging. That the reflected wrinkles on the face in the mirror may move me to look for beauty that is beyond the proscribed norm.