The Worst of Times

The future belongs to those who give the next generation reason for hope.
PIERRE TEILHARD DE CHARDIN

Thoughts and prayers

How often have we written or said

to someone who has lost

a dear one?

Yet another tragedy

cliches these words.

Carolyn Winfrey Gillette,

a composer who wishes her song

has not been

needed,

again and again

the way communities

share their outrage

and sorrow,

“If we just talk

of thoughts and prayers,

and don’t live out a faith

that dares,

and don’t take on

the ways of death,

our thoughts and prayers

are fleeting breath.”

On Ash Wednesday and Valentine’s Day,

the worst happened again.

This time,

it is the young survivors

who are not becoming

faceless victims

having to find strength

to show up at

school each day.

There is movement now

not “a” movement.

Articulate and brave

they are speaking out

at THE Establishment.

If there is to be

hope

in the present

and the future,

we must all

do something

besides

offering

thoughts and prayers.

What are you doing?

 

Love Sweet Love

Some comments

from Higher Authorities

seem to miss

opportunities

to create ways

to honor Ash Wednesday

and Valentine’s Day

which

coincide.

For those who choose

to honor the day

with ashes,

fine.

Fasting, fine,

if that is

meaningful to you.

How about some ideas for

integrating the days’ spirits.

Share.

Donate food

in some way

to one or many.

Think of ways

to show love to

first oneself.

Then out of that respect,

show love

and appreciation

to those

near and dear

and someone else.

Pay It Forward

as some find ways to do.

Use imagination

and/or

respond in the moment

to opportunities

for a smile

or helping

to SEE

someone who

usually isn’t seen.

Laws, laws, rigidity, regulations.

Not meaningful to me.

What can you do

to

Love someone

as Yourself?

 

 

Leap In the Dark

Living

is a form

of not being

sure,

of not knowing

what next or how.

The artist never

entirely knows.

She/He guesses.

And,

may be

wrong.

One leaps

in the dark.

Agnes deMille’s thoughts

suggest

that we think

about ourselves

as “artists,”

creating our lives,

not being

afraid

to take risks.

We may not be

painters

or poets

or dancers,

but we are the

authors-creators-

of our own lives.

Leaps in the dark-

risks-

must sometimes

be taken.

 

Living Lines Reflections

Turn the Volume Down

When you feel

life is

too intense,

imagine it as a

TV soap opera.

Turn the sound down

until it seems manageable

or mute the sound

and read the text.

It reads differently

than it sounds.

Sometimes

we can’t eliminate

the drama in our lives,

but we can

turn the volume

down.

Maybe

take a break

from the dramatic news feeds.

You won’t miss anything.

Repeating

on-line,

tweeting,

facebook

TV’s too many

channels

and talking heads.

Overload.

Find

your way

to minimize

the over stimulation.

You can!

 

 

Bubbling Up

Things bubble

up to the surface

when

it is safe

to deal with them.

Safe

doesn’t mean easy.

Life’s choices

and concerns

 can produce a

constant stream

of second thoughts, worries,

and regrets.

We may not

be aware

of what is floating

below the surface

until some event brings

a forgotten memory

to our consciousness.

We all experience

moments

of reckoning

when we must

stop

and readdress

the past.

There may be

unresolved conflicts

as far back

as early childhood.

It may be a safe time to look back,

feel the feelings

but

it is not easy

to experience

the sorrow or loss.

Being open to the process

can be

healing.

 

A Moment in Time

Ancients

looked to the sky,
the sun,
moon,
darkness-
and if near water,
watched the tides.
Deeply affected
by these primal forces
they performed
rituals,
planted seeds,
hunted, fished,
drew in caves.
Hidden
until discovered,
these paintings
surprisingly
still vibrant
graphic,
give us
a sense of
their lives.
Mysterious
configurations
of stones
around the world
give clues
to how
they
measured
the
sun,
moon,
and stars.
The full eclipse
of the sun
not seen
in America
since 1932,
will
reveal the
universe
when the moon
moves
in its orbit
between
the earth
and the sun,
blocking the sun
for about
two minutes
with only
the corona
of the sun
displayed.
Across
the United States
there is an arc
of locations
which will
experience the total
darkness.
Beyond that,
some will see
a partial
covering,
light and dark
in different proportions.
Ancients
interpreted
cosmic events
as signs from the heavens.
When
darkness
is being ritualized
in marchs,
demonstations
of hate,
there is light showing
as many
find courage
to express
that light can
overcome the darkness.
The eclipse
can be seen
as a sign
from the universe,
the heavens
to decide
the degrees of darkness
and light
each of us
will
see.
Can this spectatular
astronomical
timing
open
our hearts
illuminating
what spirits
we express.
This eclipse
can be a time
for us to read the sky
and see the darkness
in our own souls
and choose to
 be the Light.