Daily Joys and Simple Pleasures

Daily Joys and Simple Pleasures

a Poem and a Prayer for Egypt

leadership – grow up from the soil of the people.
dancing & song – fill the streets with elation.
Freedom – be whispered as a prayer. ©mar

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You Are Your Compassionate Service

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BE A Witness To Grace

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You hear it in the coffee shop, the grocery store, the break room.  In your own home you hear it.  You might even hear it coming out, unpracticed, of your own mouth.  Gossip.  Carrying a tale twice removed.  Complaint.  Telling a terrible tale that begins with, “You wouldn’t BELIEVE what so and so was seen doing…” and then carry on, attempting to persuade the listener to believe.

WHAT IF – we focused on what WENT RIGHT instead of what went wrong?  What if the tale you carried was a story of goodness. WHAT IF you, today, were a witness to grace?  I remember a nurse wearing a sticker that read, “CAUGHT IN THE ACT of doing something right.”  Although it has been years, I can remember that the colors were yellow and pink.  Cheerful colors for a cheerful, gracious action.  My friend and author, Kathleen Everett, frequently reminds herself and me, “Reward the behavior that you want to see again.”  Instead of honoring poor behavior by giving it your time and attention and tale…reward positive behavior.  Tell the tale of goodness seen and be an active witness to grace.

Let me know how it feels.

An Illuminating Day

“The journey is the destination.  Illuminate. The possible is within.” Dr.Kelly Mix Stork

 

On my way to a professional strategy appointment this
reminds  me there will be TWO
experts in the room.  My consultant
knows business and law and money. I’m an expert in the category of Mary Anne
Radmacher.  To illuminate the possible
with me I have to be willing to train the light on the deepest, darkest parts
of my soul.  The ones that don’t
usually see light.  For how can
there be true illuminating if not for the contrast of darkness?

In the course of the day the command, “Illuminate, ” played
many different parts.  I asked for
continual clarification when meaning was not clear.  I waited in silence more than usual. Just waiting for the
light to shine and do its work.

The dark places seem less ominous in the context of
illuminating the possible within. 
And, in fact, what I thought was so this morning is compass opposite of
what turned out when the light was shined.  Illuminating, indeed.

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