“Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.” -George Eliot
I don’t know if you notice this? As the seasons change, as I get older, every ache that I experienced at some incident or other, during my life (it seems), crops up again very briefly around the time that the earth changes from dryer to cooler weather. It is a gentle reminder, I believe, that God created us from the earth and that we are sustained by it. We feel the earth’s ebb and flow, its “pull,” whether we want to or not.
I was about to stand up yesterday morning when pain just shot through my upper thigh like a lightening bolt. I thought, what did I do, what did I eat, did I sleep badly, what was the cause of this?
But, as I warmed up with stretches and finally was able to move around semi-normally, oxymoron intended, I remember that I took a very hard fall back in my early teens down a flight of stairs and landed on my hip area and was unconscious for a few minutes. Back then, I was too stubborn to even admit the injury much less seek medical attention. After my little fall, I got up and went out to play in the school yard (it happened at school), as if nothing had happened.
Now, decades later, every year as summer changes to fall, the remnants of my misadventure are a yearly reminder that my body is not indestructible! It seems worse, when the seasons are about to change abruptly. I am not predicting the weather but who knows –it is late September in the Northwest, anything goes with regards to the weather.
Here are some quotes that remind us that we are human and part of the earth’s life force, however we understand that. It is a celebration of life to honor or at least grasp that we are all one, from one source and created by one God. Have a great autumn day!
“Life is the fire that burns and the sun that gives light. Life is the wind and the rain and the thunder in the sky. Life is matter and is earth, what is and what is not, and what beyond is in Eternity.” – Lucius Annaeus Seneca
“Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more than we can ever learn from books.”-John Lubbock
“My favorite places on earth are the wild waterways where the forest opens its arms and a silver curve of river folds the traveler into its embrace.” -Rory MacLean
One of the wisest people I have known was my grandma. She did not graduate from high school. Her wisdom came from her daily reading of God’s word and her acute application of common sense.
Grandma would say, “Wash your foot before you get in the dance.” This has nothing to do with dancing at a party, as you might have already surmised. This expression, is a reminder to think about an offer or opportunity very carefully before getting involved. Jumping to make a decision or rushing into a new venture is precisely what this wisdom saying cautions against.
“The foot” is a metaphor for walking the path of life. Washing one’s foot (or feet) implies preparation, care (or caution). The notion of cleansing is directed towards the hearer as encouragement to have a clear mind (that is, cleansing the mind) in order to think more clearly about an offer which has been presented to you. Just because it sounds good does not mean it is good for you.
You may be tempted to jump quickly (“dance”) into a situation today because things seem right. But perhaps caution may be in order “before you get in the dance” 🙂
“I prayed about it consistently – that God would direct me in the right path and that, when it would happen, I would know that I’m in the right place.” -Ayesha Curry
Ever had the feeling that you were in the right place, at the right time, doing what you were meant to be doing?
I was at work a short while ago and that feeling just came over me. I thought to myself, I must not miss this moment. I need to savor this sureness of feeling, this sense of knowing somewhere deep in my core (for lack of a way to explain what I mean to say) that I am where I am supposed to be, doing what I am supposed to be doing, at this very moment.
Who knows how many of these moments I have missed before, because of my penchant for “getting things done?” However, for some reason, God gave me a glimpse of that sense of knowing for a brief moment. And, I am grateful for his kindness to help me capture the intangible sureness of “being” and “doing” at the right moment.
May you notice special moments in your life today. Take a minute to savor them, if you can. Because believe it or not, you are, more often than you think, in the right place, at the right time, doing what you are meant to do. Perhaps that moment when time, place, space and circumstance coalesce brings with it a special blessing. Be blessed.
“People talk about perfect timing, but I think everything is perfect in its moment; you just want to capture that.” -Eddie Huang
Is there something you really want to do in your life? A goal that you want to reach? That book you want to read, write, complete? The trip to a far off land. The dream to work in a new way so you can have more time for the things you and your family love? Do what you have in your mind to do. Follow your purpose.
“The things that excite you are not random. They are connected to your purpose. Follow them.”― Terrie Davoll Hudson
You have stressed over it. Planned over the plan and you keep on planning the plan. Some days you wake up and you are certain it is the direction you wish to take. But, in the next moment doubt crawls in.
You want to make the “right” decision to go in this new direction. Somewhere there is a passion in you to do this thing, but your concern for stability in some form may be holding you back.
Perhaps the goal is so huge that it seems daunting. Take small steps, wade in the shallow end of the pool, take a small step in the direction of your purpose. The movement does not have to be a grand gesture. Slow does not mean failure.
Slow is okay when changing the course of a cruise ship – life changes are no different.
Whatever it is: write that next chapter, finish the book, self-publish, buy that house, move to a new neighborhood, go after that new job, work from home, switch from full time to part-time work so can you do more of what you love or be with those that matter most. Whatever it may be– give it a go. Start small and build.
Perhaps you have been waiting for or praying for “signs.” Who knows, the signs may have come but you may not have noticed or heard them. Think about events, this week or last week. What have you heard? What have you seen? What are the signs that are already in your path, directing you on which way to go?
For “whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.” (Isaiah 30:21)
Coffee, Coffee, Coffee. I like coffee. It is on my mind to write about the dark elixir of the Coffea arabica and Coffea canephora seeds.
Coffee machines are lovely and all. However, when I am desperate, I put the filter in the drip container, slap it on my mug, boil water, pour, and hope for the best – it tastes the same to me!
Apologies to the more refined sensibilities of the aficionados, and baristas out there who, are now cringing in incredulous dismay at such … sacrilege. Sorry about that! 🙂
And yes you see correctly, the lid “dangly thingy” part of my travel mug is held together by scotch tape! And, What of it! It works just fine. After all, I can tell my mug from everyone else’s in the office. I’m not sensitive at all— its a fact. I can too have coffee in a less than perfect mug. I see no reason to buy a new one. Oh wait…maybe I am just a tiny bit sensitive about that mug. Or, I just need another cup of coffee 🙂
Things don’t have to be perfect to be enjoyed. Allow yourself the grace to be you, mistakes, imperfections and all. They are, all together wrapped up in the beautiful package, called you. You are “fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalms 139:14). Cheers.
They endured the long voyage amid tumultuous waves. An entire family’s treasure carefully packed and kept dry inside. Now, re-purposed, a fitting footstool at the bottom of the stairs, for the now four generations that call this house home in the land of the free.
Giving and receiving is more than a nice gesture. It is a promise. A promise given by God in his word. Basically, if you give you will receive — abundantly. “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” ( Luke 6:38)
Giving can be a sacrifice. The story of the widow who gave sacrificially reminds us of this. Not to mention, that her act of self sacrifice is immortalized forever in the word of God. The story reads as follows:
“Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a few cents. Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty,” (Mark 12:41-44).
Giving can help others to begin or to continue emotional healing. Give what you have -your life experiences.
If you blog, Write something. Even if you just write “Hey!” in your blog post and add a cute picture of your pet and click the Publish button, You have the potential to move someone who may need just that one word from you to brighten their day.
Sometimes your words have power in how you say it. Other times they have power in what you say. Your writing can be greatly influenced, as you know, by your experiences and your pain and triumphs. Thus, your writing is unique. It is not meant for everybody. Your words are a gift meant to reach some in very unique ways. In a sense your words are a gift, to facilitate or to nourish – hope.
Never underestimate the power of what little you have to give. That small gift, the kind word, a small note of appreciation, the t-shirt that does not fit any more that you give to someone may be of far greater value to him or her than you can ever imagine.
Have a great giving Tuesday. “No one has ever become poor by giving.” ―Anne Frank