Connection

 

All things are connected. Whatever befalls the earth befalls the children of the earth.”  — Chief Seattle

 
The American Indians and Eastern Cultures place a lot of emphasis on our connection to all living things.
The remind us that if we harm any living thing we bring harm to ourselves, and when we destroy our environment we harm ourselves and many generations to come — we are merely leaseholders not owners.
How many times have learned and noticed that how we treat a fellow human or pet is usually reciprocated. Why should we believe that all other living things and Mother nature herself would act otherwise?
Consider a garden that is loved and tended by someone who nurtures each and every plant, we see that love reciprocated by a bountiful harvest of beauty and bounty.
It is time we learn from other cultures and start acting like we love and respect all of God’s creations, then will we receive nature’s love in return.

Change

 

At my age, change is not something I greet at the door with a hearty welcome. Maybe my attitude needs to improve.

This morning over breakfast, one of my breakfast group was explaining why he and his wife had decided to sell their place and move. He began by saying that the last few years had not been good. I won’t go into the details of his personal tragedies, just know he had a few. Anyway he said, “So my wife and I decided to seek some change in our lives.”
I remained quiet, but I listened intently, for someone our age doesn’t usually seek change, but instead merely accepts it as it occurs. His words got me to thinking about change and taking a more proactive role on one’s own circumstances.
Change is going to come to all, it is only a question whether we seek it out or let it take control.

Shared Happiness

 

Shared grief is half the sorrow, but happiness when shared, is doubled.— Anon

 
Suzy passed on some very good news for and to a friend this morning over the phone, and Suzy’s face was aglow with happiness as well. The above came to mind.
Too often we forget to allow our friends to minimize our sadness and join us in happiness. I believe God gave us companions for these purposes.
Have a friend who is grieving, honor your friendship with your presence. Have some good news? Makes somebody’s day by sharing it.

Guest House

 

The Sufi poet Rumi writes that “being human is a guest house. Every morning a new arrival.”

Emotions greet us each day, and they often come unexpected. We may wake up depressed, but a child’s smile bring us joy and changes our mood. The smell of honeysuckle can wipe away suicidal thoughts, and the opposite is true as well. A gorgeous morning can be ruined by a mean word or an unkind remark.
Rumi suggest we treat each guest with a hearty welcome, suggesting that even the guests from hell may be “clearing you out for some new delight.”
His words are easier said than practiced, but I agree with him when it comes to his ending. He says, “Be grateful for whatever comes, because each has been sent as a guide from beyond.”