Archive for December, 2014

Light my (OUR) Fire!!

Wednesday, December 31st, 2014

As I added firewood to the embers this morning of this last day of the year and first day of the rest of our lives, I realize that one log won’t do it.  If I only add one log to the embers the fire  won’t blaze and in fact, if I add two logs but don’t put them close together the fire won’t last very long.

We can accomplish so much more working together.  Mediation is one of many effective ways to accomplish much more.

With two logs in the fire, it is blazing but I’m going to add another log and the fire will really blaze!!

Let’s make a new years resolution to work together and to spend the rest of our lives adding logs to the fire of cooperation, problem solving, and LOVE.  May we remember that we can even love our enemies and be loving to ourselves simultaneously.

The fire is dieing down a little.  I will add a log now!!  Please add a log for you and me.

The fire still wasn’t blazing!  I rearranged the logs. I notice two logs were wet.  That is, not very ready to cooperate.  I also noticed I had the logs packed too tight.  With no room for oxygen, the fire is strangled.  Certainly people need a little breathing space.  Eventually I got the fire blazing and saw the beautiful multicolored fire.

From Nowhere but Home by Liza Palmer

Tuesday, December 30th, 2014

I think as I get older I begin to ask questions about what it’s all about, why we are here, and what it is I’m searching for. And then Neil deGrasse Tyson goes and says it way better than I could ever imagine: “We are all connected to each other biologically, to the earth chemically, and to the rest of the universe atomically. That’s kinda cool! That makes me smile and I actually feel quite large at the end of that.” This life is about connectivity. People. Love. Period.

End of Old Year….On to New Year

Monday, December 29th, 2014

Steve (my friend) and I have often recognized as we agonize over some past event, “It’s hard not to be grateful!!!”.  We actually laugh at ourselves as one of us realizes we are ready to end our complaining, and says “It’s hard not to be grateful!”  Of course, it is usually me (Bob) since I’m healthier, better, and more grateful than Steve!!! I choose to be grateful as I look over the past year.

I wish a Happy New Year to all people!!!!  That is, I wish for joy realizing that the opposite of joy is depression.   Furthermore, I will be depressed if I equate myself as no more than a body.

PS to Steve:  I hope you realize I can reject any response to this post, so you will have to use your utmost discretion in your response.

Telling our Story

Saturday, December 27th, 2014

“It know there are events we refuse to acknowledge, tragedies we steer clear of, facts we deny at our peril, fictions we entertain to deceive ourselves”. Source: “The Family” by David Laskin, 2013

Feeling Safe

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

On the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person: having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words, but to pour them out.  Just as they are–chaff and grain together, knowing that a faithful hand will take and sift them, keep what is worth keeping, and then with the breath of kindness, blow the rest away.    Dinah Maria (Mulock) Craig, 1826-1887