What a difference a year makes

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It’s been quite a year…so many changes!  Life has taken me in a direction that I would have never planned.  Funny how that works, huh?  My life hasn’t gone the way I planned!  But in the course of many disappointments, sorrows, and betrayals, and pain, I have grown and learned and I now recognize that I am on a path to freedom.

So, welcome back to anyone who is kind enough to still read my blog.  Over the course of my next posts I will share some of my new-found freedom.  I will try not to overuse platitudes such as ‘when one door closes….’ but there is wisdom in sayings that have lasted through the ages.

Sometimes it does take a hammer to jolt you out of a situation where you are dying inside.  And…it often takes a very long time to realize that it is good, all good.  They say, ‘freedom comes at a cost’ (another platitude) – it did for me.  And so, as I continue meandering towards freedom, I hope you will come along.

Beauty

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The amazing thing is…..these flowers would have blossomed  whether or not I snapped this photo.  The beauty that we see in nature is there, whether we are present to look at it or not.  It makes me wonder ‘why?’  There is no doubt that God gives us this loveliness for us to enjoy it.  Who is not lifted up by an amazing sunset or a blooming garden?

But there is much beauty in the world that exists whether or not we lay eyes on it.  Think about the wildflowers that bloom on the mountaintops, or the glorious blooms of the rainforest.  Perhaps they exist for God’s very own pleasure.  Perhaps they have such beauty inside that they can’t contain it.  They burst forth with the energy of love.

It makes me think about my actions and the motives behind them.  How often do I want to be acknowledged for the good I do, the beauty I share.  Did anyone notice?  Did you see? I did a really good thing here……

“No one lights a lamp and hides it in a clay jar or puts it under a bed. Instead, they put it on a stand, so that those who come in can see the light…. ” Luke 8:16

If I am living my ‘true self,’ then my light has to shine, whether people notice or not.  Just as the flower has to bloom because of the beauty within the bud, I have to love because of the Divine who dwells within me.

“…do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, … ” Matt 6:3

My prayer is that I can let my light shine, even when no one is around to see it.  

Just another gentle teaching from nature….

 

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Truth

It must be Children’s Book week because after watching the news,
another great 
quote from “The Little Prince” comes to mind:

“It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.”
Antoine de Saint-Exupery

We are so often blinded by labels…..human-created labels.  Our hearts do have eyes and they are able to see far more than the eyes on our faces can. Our heart’s eyes do not see race or religion.  Our heart’s eyes are blind to differences that exist between us.  They only see what unites us…..one body.

They see shared suffering, compassion….love. It’s time to begin to see with these eyes, the eyes that are not able to see differences.  

Helen Keller, deaf and blind perhaps saw better than any of us, “The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart.”

Everybody has to be one…..

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The Lorax took a stand!

There were some trees to be saved and The Lorax saved them!

(If you don’t remember the book, The Lorax by Dr. Seuss, I recommend reading it….
actually there are a lot of children’s books that should be read by adults,
but that is a post for another day…)

We all need to be The Lorax.  We need to feel so passionately about something, a cause, that we are willing to go up against the establishment and fight.

It’s time: speak for those who don’t have a voice, listen to those who have no one to talk to, fight for the weak, the poor, the sick.

The Lorax was small, outnumbered, pushed around and ignored, but he wasn’t a quitter.  The Lorax was a fictional character…..or was he????

Think about it, there are many Loraxes around – join the club!

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