A sign in Montezuma, Costa Rica
I was driving into Saratoga yesterday to have dinner with my father, and was rather unconsciously mulling over a difficult situation in my mind. Suddenly an orange balloon came flying out of the car directly in front of me, and flew right over the top of my car. I always pay attention to unusual things like this, and usually I’ll ask the question,”I wonder what that meant?” When I asked this last night, within 10 seconds the answer came; “Let it go.”
There is always help available for the difficult and confusing situations in our lives…we just need to pay attention.
“Life is one big road with lots of signs,
So when you riding through the ruts, don’t you complicate your mind:
Flee from hate, mischief and jealousy!
Don’t bury your thoughts; put your vision to reality,…Wake up and Live!”
From the song, “Wake Up and Live” by Bob Marley
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I find my spiritual inspiration in all places. I believe that the Spirit of God speaks through every possible channel and cannot be limited by tradition, religion, or medium. When I found out that there was such a thing as an “Interfaith” minister, I thought, “If there ever was a title that fit my “spiritual role” in this life, then that is it!”
One day, many years ago, I was looking for something to watch on TV and heard this very funny sounding woman who was obviously a televangelist. Christian TV ministers had never interested me before, but something compelled me to watch her. No one could have been more surprised than me to find myself really interested in her message.
I have listened to Joyce Meyer off and on for many years. I love her very real messages…she tells stories from her own experiences and life. I don’t believe in a literal interpretation of scripture, nor do I think that one path is right for everyone, so there are points where she and I do not agree, but her practical messages for living have been so helpful. One day, I caught a radio broadcast of hers and she was saying, “This may not be a new lesson, but it is a now lesson.” I thought that was great.
There are only a few spiritual themes running through life: Take care of yourself and your world, live everyday to the best of your ability, appreciate, relax, be open (mind and heart), do good work, be teachable, ….what they all boil down to is Love…doing everything with Love. How many ways can this be said? Sometimes I wonder, as I write a post, if I am repeating myself. …or if I have actually posted a video of photograph before…and then the words of Joyce come into my head…maybe this is a now message.
Someone who subscribes to this blog, sent me a video a while back. I cannot remember who that was…I hope that I thanked you! It is a wonderful story of love. (Bella and Tara!)
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A few years ago, someone send me a postcard that I loved so much (I cannot find it and don’t remember who the artist was, I am sorry to say). I tried to paint it…my version (above) I have entitled “surprise friends”…it was my fist attempt at painting with gouache, a type of watercolor paint, which is much more difficult to control than oil or acrylic. It was hard for me to let it flow. The original had a pig but no other animals. I tried to paint a cat but a rabbit just kept coming out. I would paint over the rabbit, trying to “fashion” a cat, and the rabbit would almost re-appear. Finally I just left it, realizing that it had more of an idea about who it was than I did.
I cannot take credit for the wonderful simplicity of this painting ….that was the idea of the original artist. But where did that little rabbit come from?! I keep this painting on my desk. It reminds me that I am never alone…that something wonderful is flowing through, and connecting me, and every one of us. And although I may at times think that I know what it is, or what it should look like, very often, it offers a wonderful surprise!
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"To Life!" (our royal juice glasses)
I sold my old car yesterday…sort of. Our mechanic had taken his time (since we didn’t need it) fixing the head gasket and the valves, we washed it and vacuumed it out and our buyer came in the morning to pick it up. She happily drove away and I happily drove downtown to give my friend Nancy some flowers for her birthday, deposit the check, and buy some celebratory food. Then, I planned a nice afternoon nap (as we had been up very early watching the royal wedding live….I know, I know!) Anyway, I bought these glasses and called them our Royal Juice Glasses and planned on celebrating with them later in the day (they were 79 cents each at Goodwill in Bennington VT and were the perfect purchase!).
At 2 pm, I was just lying down when the phone rang. The new buyer of the car said in a panicky voice, “The car is leaking oil and I am on my way to Bennington and am stopped at the side of the road. WHAT DO I DO?!” One thing this car never had, was an issue with leaking oil. It was a long afternoon. Jack closed his shop, we drove to the car, I gave the woman her money back and took her home, while Jack drove the car to a mechanic who said it was just a nut (or something) that had not been tightened. So I have my car back again.
I realized as I wrote this post that I do not know what to do about the car. There is an answer, but at this moment, I am not sure what that is. But I do know what not to do. I know not to act when I am feeling upset. I know not to blame anyone, including myself. I know not to force the situation or to make it into a crisis.
There are also some things that I do know. I know to be grateful that I woke up feeling that my “problem” was really not a problem at all, that Jack and I had a fun time last night, even though I was super tired, drinking club soda out of our new glasses and watching the royal wedding re-caps. I know that life works best when I can appreciate that I don’t know everything…when I can turn something over and feel amazed at how perfect solutions present themselves.
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Guess what we had for dinner?!
When I was a kid, dropping everything, to go play with a friend, was a top priority. The older I’ve gotten and the more responsible, the less I have dropped things to go out and “play”, and the fewer spontaneous invitations come into my life. Late Yesterday afternoon, in the middle of a writing project, and the start of making dinner, a friend called to say that she had just adopted a cat. I felt this surge of delight and wanted to see her…but she lives 5 miles away, I needed to finish my project and dinner….
I closed my computer, turned off the stove and jumped into my car. Off and on for the next hour, my friend and I alternated between lying down on her bedroom floor, talking to her new kitty who was hiding behind a shoe box under the bed, and drinking tea. It was so much fun! Sometimes I have to say no to invitations, but I suspect that most of the time, I have just gotten it into my mind that I need to stick to my schedule. One of my intentions for the second half of my life is to have more fun, be more silly, do things “just because” even if it doesn’t make sense ….life and Spirit are so much bigger than my schedule!
A boy can learn a lot from a dog: obedience, loyalty, and the importance of turning around three times before lying down. — Robert Benchley, humorist
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