You often hear about God’s unconditional love and patience, but there are times when I look back on my life I would have understood if He would have just turned away, gave me the finger, and found something better to do with His time.
I’m sure many of the lessons I’ve needed to learn on my spiritual path would have taken far less time if not for me being blessed with an inquisitive, often spiritually untrusting mind. And I’ve come to see this as a blessing, while a younger version of me only saw it as a punishment, a frustrating curse.
The clues to what I’ve needed to learn on my journey have usually shown up gift wrapped in frustration and anger. Ever clever, it’s just God’s way of getting my attention.
November 23, 2013 No Comments
Life was a lot simpler when I used to suck my thumb. No worries, no doubt, nothing to insure. But when a young life needed some soothing, one mouth and a little thumb worked their pacifying magic.
Unfortunately, society frowns upon adults resorting to the same tactic.
As adults, we have many ways of soothing ourselves when life gets the better of us. Comfort foods and retail therapy. Perhaps drugs and alcohol when the meatloaf and the new pair of boots you didn’t really need don’t do the trick.
So much of what we turn to in times of emotional discomfort lies outside of us in hopes the external will somehow placate the internal.
My personal quest towards pacifying my own insecurities and uncertainties always leads me back to myself. It’s a lesson I’ve learned and re-learned, and I suspect life will make it necessary to re-learn it yet again.
The lesson is glorious in it’s simplicity; inside of each of us is a peace, a divine peace. And when we reconnect to who we really are, we are reconnecting with that divine peace.
The thumb sucking infant’s peace is self-contained. Just the child’s mouth and a thumb. For us, the good news is our peace is already resting within us as well.
Life can be cruel if we let it. Blind hopes and misguided expectations eventually distort our vision of our truest self as we entrust our self-worth and value to a material world and it’s ever-fluid definition of happiness.
That doesn’t leave much time for peace.
Our ability to self-soothe requires us to stop periodically and reflect upon our own divinity, to remember who it is we really are. Our thoughts, not our thumbs, can bring us back in alignment with that divinity. Each of us is divine creation embodied with a unique collection of talents, gifts, and abilities to offer to the world. Creation is inherently peaceful, and embracing this divine tranquility is the ultimate source of lasting comfort and peace.
Much more enjoyable than sucking your thumb.
It’s a great day to be you!
October 31, 2013 No Comments
I’m sure God appreciates all the thank you’s He gets for Fridays. But how often does He get thanked for giving you the other six days of the week?
Many never get overly excited about Monday. It’s the anti-Friday. It’s the start of doing what we have to do in order to do what we want to do come Friday at 5.
I guess that’s one way of looking at it.
One of the greatest lessons you can learn in life is understanding you get to decide what it is you see. You can see Monday, or any day, as a necessary evil, as something just to get through. Or you can see each sunrise as a blessing and be grateful for the opportunities contained within each new day.
Even if that new day is a Monday.
What will you see today?
It’s a great day to be you!
September 15, 2013 2 Comments