Posts Tagged ‘journey’

140 Characters or Less

November 20, 2016

Is it the safety pin challenge?  I am referring to the practice of wearing a safety pin to show support to people of minority groups.  Groups that might be living in more fear because of the recent US election.  There was a Twitter response from a person of color that contained what can only be described as a grade school level epithet.   I’ll admit that I had never heard it and did not quite understand it.  This person was upset that white people were just now coming to the idea of having solidarity with persons of color.

Okay, now this I think is interesting.  I understand a lifetime of fighting.  I can be considered a marginalized person as well.  But the important piece of maturity here is to realize when people are honestly trying to help.  Not everyone who doesn’t look like you or think like you are your mortal enemies.  I really have to believe that people have good intentions and that they are trying to help.  I would like to offer an alternative response:

“I appreciate your intentions of trying for an outward expression of your inner desire to show me that you are a safe person.  I really appreciate that.  I suppose that I have disappointment that people who are different from me are showing support just in response to these particular times and the event of the recent election.  Where have you been?  Please be patient with me as, I too, process everything that is going on.  It may take me some time to welcome you with open arms, but I would like to, at the very least, try to commit to the process of openness and inclusion.”

Oops!  I think I may have exceeded 140 characters!

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The people out there

October 7, 2016

Who are these people?  Just how deep runs the us and them dynamic?  Yes, The United States is in the middle of a very confusing and bewildering election.  I feel that many have simply given up on any concept of cooperation.  We are sheltering in place with our own kind.  It is just too overwhelming.  How do we emerge from our cocoons or will we ever be able to emerge?

Aren’t we all really just looking for safety?  Should we stop and compare our lives to those in places like Syria where war has torn everything asunder?  Why are we fighting this war of ideas and opinions?  I am right and you are wrong.  How can I even consider that you are right when your belief threatens my very existence as a human being on this planet.  More often than not, the threat is very real.  Much more often.

How can I talk about race when I know so few people who are different than me?  How can I learn about LGBT lives when I don’t think that I have ever met anyone from that community?  If you are a Christian fundamentalist, I cannot have anything to do with you because it is too threatening to my identity.  Do you care about my identity?  Is it your sole (soul’s) intention to threaten my identity?  Do you really want me to disappear from the planet?

Black/white, gay/straight, right/left.  Over and over again.  The individual elements of the great melting pot have separated themselves from the whole.

Can we just stop?  What if everything were to just stop for a day?  No news, no blog posts, no activity on any social media platforms.  Would it cause everyone to just take a deep breath and reboot?  It is as if we are compulsively heading to our own extinction without thinking that we can do anything to stop it.  It almost sounds like addiction, doesn’t it?  Just looking at the increase in verifiable addictions such as the opioid epidemic makes one wonder if therein lies a clue.  A simple definition of addiction as defined by Merriam-Webster is “an unusually great interest in something or a need to do or have something.”

A Cup of Tea

November 20, 2014

I had tea yesterday with a cherished long time friend.  She introduced me to this wonderful tea shop.  As we were sitting there catching up over our pot of tea I was experiencing so many different levels of our fellowship.  The tea was wonderful and it reminded me of the calm that is so lacking in our everyday busyness.  The tea brings you down, but in a very good way.  The taste and the smoothness, the aroma.  The subtlety of the small tea cups and the small portion of tea.  The “just right” temperature of the water and the “just right” steeping time.

Do we long for “just right”?  Can we find that place in our soul that is “just right”?  I often see that place as water finding its level.  Still water that is disturbed slightly will find its level relatively quickly.  In contrast, the oceans after a hurricane are disturbed for a much longer time.  We may have to walk through a lot of pain and discomfort to find the “just right” place, but it is there to be found.  Pray for patience and perseverance.

Enter the relief

October 13, 2014

The heat and humidity was hanging on and we thought it would never end.  Then there was relief this morning in the form of a nice shower and cold front.  How many times are there situations in life that we think will never end?  We keep waiting and hoping for the cold front to ease the situation and bring relief.  Sometimes the situation is so hard that it just feels rigid and unmovable.

I think that during those unmovable times is where we need to have very deep roots in order to persevere.  It is a challenge to find the time to create spiritual space for ourselves on a daily basis.  We have so many commitments and responsibilities.  However, if we can just carve out some time on some sort of regular schedule then the times of difficulty will be eased somewhat.

Regular spiritual practice does not erase the difficult times or serve to prevent difficulties, but regular practice will serve to ease the pain a bit and increase our ability to persevere.

Truly the Truth

September 25, 2014

I have given up.

They will never see the truth.

Can you see the truth?

Can you see the truth if you don’t live the truth?

You shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free.

What does that really mean?