Holy Confusion

I

no longer

make

a plan

for

myself

but

respond to the

things and people

 in my life

that are

part of a

plan or a pattern

I cannot see.

These words

may sound

passive

but remind me

to

strive

for an active

awareness

realizing that

I am

in the midst

of a

“holy confusion”.

Discovering

these two words,

I chuckled

and

remembered

my mantra.

Ann Patchett,

wonderful writer,

reflects,

“Sometimes not having any idea

where we’re going

works out better

than we could

possibly have imagined.”

Blossoming

Snow bells,

a few crocus,

spikes of greens for

flowers to bloom

maybe soon

or after another

snow.

Longer days

of light.

Reminder

that

many possibilities

develop

in the dark

buried

in the earth

of our own darkness.

There is

life,

beauty,

growing.

Presenting

itself

at the

right time.

Illusion

Why do we have

the illusion

that life

should be easy?

Until we can

embrace

the hard times,

the losses,

we will be surprised

when illness,

pain,

loss

and

disappointment

come into our lives.

Sometimes,

all

at the same time.

Centering Prayer

and 

Inner Awakening

offers

a helpful way

to “be” with

difficult

things in life,

even a

painful thought or feeling.

The Welcoming Prayer

can bring

awareness,

giving

the experience

space

to clarify

and not resist.

It may sound

counter-intuitive

but opening

up

to what

is going on,

may

help.

Cynthia Bourgeault, author of Centering Prayer

Interactions

Once upon a time,

When I ran into

friends and acquaintances

who asked

what
I was up to,

I would reel off

a litany of activities.

Lately,

I have begun to reply,

“I am practicing not multitasking.”

Saying these words

out loud

reaffirms

my intentions

and seems

to give

the questioners pause.

I also

pause

before asking

the reflexive

“what have you been up to”

question.

Instead of

exchanging lists,

a conversation

might

take place.

Horses or Homeless

Politics

in this democracy

rarely

follow

the

values

spelled out

in the U.S. Constitution.

This 2015-2016

Primary Scene

is full of

nightly news,

antics,

outrageous statements

and very little

about human rights.

We, the People,

in Order to form

a more perfect Union.

Is there anyplace

in the

Preamble

and 27 Amendments

 that mentions

Central Park Horses?

New York’s Mayor,

who two years ago

expressed

serious ambitions

about improving society,

especially for

the poor,

recently proposed

a bill

to the City Council.

Recognizing that his early proposal

to eliminate

horses and carriages

from New York

 was politically unwise,

 he now proposes keeping

the horses and carriages

only

IN Central Park.

This feat would be accomplished

by building stables

in the Park

which would cost

an estimated $25 million dollars.

This public housing for the horses,

already warmly stabled,

would divert funds

from providing

shelter and housing

for

the more than 55,000

homeless.

In the wake

of a two foot blizzard,

making

such a proposal,

could draw our attention

to the platforms

in the contest

for our next president.

Is this the best

we can do

in the home of

the free and the brave?

Values and the choices

we make

are

about

Real People.

Some

need our help.

Be Prepared?

Heavy snow forecast,

stores not prepared

with enough

milk, bread, eggs

for each buyer

trying to

be prepared.

Few lingering items.

Schools closed tomorrow.

Warnings change

by the hours.

Course of storm

uncertain.

Shovel,boots, salt

prepared

as well as you can.

Same news hour

predicts

earthquake

in northern Pacific Coast

at least

a hundred years

overdue.

Tsunami would follow.

Buildings too low.

Higher floors

being built over school.

Drills for children and teachers

at first rumble

to climb as high

as stairs go.

No time

to rush out

for milk, bread, eggs.

Are you prepared?

For which possibility?

In life,

are we ever

really

prepared

for what

actually does happen?