I have been distracted from posting for a few days after visiting my folks, but had a wonderful trip. Now I’m back to it and will backfill with a few photos and thoughts. Here are a few things I saw during my time in Virginia.
Kitty has been puny so had to fast then go to the vet for a blood test. It wasn’t pleasant for him but he did well. Hopefully he’s on the road to recovery now.
by Czesław Miłosz
Love means to learn to look at yourself
The way one looks at distant things
For you are only one thing among many.
And whoever sees that way heals his heart,
Without knowing it, from various ills.
A bird and a tree say to him: Friend.
Then he wants to use himself and things
So that they stand in the glow of ripeness.
It doesn’t matter whether he knows what he serves:
Who serves best doesn’t always understand.
As read here except color highlights added by me.
Parker Palmer reflected on these words with respect to the meaning of life here.
You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile, the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
Over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting —
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.
With a perspective on welcoming the different parts of yourself by Patty de Llosa here.
This article says a lot of what I am thinking now. Amazing to find the words of another that so resonate. Thanks to Brian McLaren for posting a link on Facebook.
“Mary Magdalene went to the disciples with the news:
‘I have seen the Lord!’ ” (John 20:18)
Chartres Cathedral Stained Glass, Passion of Christ Window (c.1150): Mary Magdalene
Click here for the source
Do all the good you can,
By all the means you can,
In all the ways you can,
In all the places you can,
At all the times you can,
To all the people you can,
As long as you ever can.
–in honor of John Wesley’s birthday