Your identity and worth do not hinge on your service to others or the work you do. Your service and work are the reflection of your identity and your worth.
The wise speak and quote truth, often universal truth that transcends time or has evolved due to time.
The manipulative misquotes, takes soundbites out of context, and re-writes the words of the wise for the purpose of self-interest.
Those seeking to become wise will spend time evaluating a source for its honesty, clarity, and truth. Those seeking to be led will simply believe that which confirms their desired state of being whether it is truth or falsehood.
Both will believe they have found truth, but only one will know that they have.
As we age, or even just as we get too busy with out lives, there are so many things we forget. There are things we wish we could forget which cling to us with a force that seems unbreakable. Then there are those wonderful things we hope to never forget.
This morning I awoke thinking of something I hope to always remember – a smile. This wasn’t any ordinary smile because the woman of whom the the smile belongs has never been ordinary. When I knew her in person, she was extraordinary; I suspect she still is.
I haven’t seen her in person in nearly 30 years, yet I can still see her smile and hear her laugh as if it was just yesterday we last were together. With the marvels of modern technology, I have seen photos that prove her smile and her exuberance has not diminished over the years. From those photos, it is clear that her family is well accustomed to her smile and laughter.
I don’t know why it was her smile that I saw when I dreamt my last dream of the night. It had been a rough night with unpleasant dreams that I am more that happy to have fade from memory. Upon seeing my friend smile in my dream, I awoke and the unpleasant memories, best forgotten, faded away, replaced by the joy I felt upon seeing her smile.
After months of relative absence here and complete absence on my other blog, a new post has emerged from the rubble of a very contentious and damaging election cycle.
Looking Forward – Learning from the Past is ready for pondering.
Seek solutions before settling for excuses.
Solutions may not always be cure-alls, but they often are just enough to make a rough situation more bearable.
In my house, the common solution comes from simple advice.
- Get up and move…
- Drink a glass of water…
- Drink a glass of juice…
- Do something creative…
- Get some fresh air…
Certainly the ills and woes of life are not eradicated by such simple suggestions, but they are often lessened.
Do we really need to burn down the house in order to get out of the kitchen?
During a discussion with my children about the varied political theater which has dominated the news during the last 12 months, this rhetorical question emerged. Throughout history, a desire for change has often led to radicalization rather than the reasoned thought needed for change to be successful. Sometimes the radical voices drown out reasoned ones and disaster occurs. Other times the reasoned voices prevail.
First I laughed so hard it hurt,
Then later I cried the tears of healing,
Finally, I slept.
Handspun yarn is much like life. The beauty is found in the lumps and bumps as well as in the smooth sections.
Spinning and knitting in small scale can be a fun way to try out new ideas. Working with small gauge needles when the hands no longer cooperate all the time can be a challenge, but I am learning to embrace that challenge. The speed and dexterity of my youth may be long gone, but patience and determination have become my companions.
Education and skill go hand in hand. It matters much less how they are obtained than that they are, indeed, obtained.