While my four year old Jeep Wrangler sits in the dealer amongst a multitude of vehicles with recalls, awaiting diagnosis and repair of a mysterious number four cylinder miss, my 48 year old (just discovered that it’s actually 49 years old last night) old tech/low tech German car is the venerable Ford Pickup of this house; never failing to start and is always ready. There is definitely something to be said for keeping life #simple.
We have forgotten that we belong to one another, that we are connected, that we are all sisters and brothers, that we need one another.
It is too late to bring back the innocent lives that have been lost so far in the Middle East, but it is not too late to stop the killing that is happening now.
It is too late to bring back the innocent plane passengers who died in Ukraine, but as a human race we can insist that this is unacceptable and not let the incident be a springboard for even more violence and hatred.
It’s too late to reverse the death and destruction, but it’s never too early to advocate for peace and life.
It is hard to know what to do, but, even within this dark day, we need to continue to insist on the possibility of peace — and to have that start with ourselves. If all we can do today is pray for peace and the well-being of both Israelis and Palestinians and refuse to accept that war is inevitable or hate is natural, that will be a start. If we can pray for the people in that plane and try not to be swept into a rage calling for revenge, if we can make ourselves open to being instruments of peace, then that will be a start. That is one, very small, way that we can respond to this horrible day. God bless us all.
The “fullest” #full #moon of the year is this weekend.
Some recognize this event and call it “#Guru #Purnima”, and celebrate the #energies surrounding the moon in this auspicious cyclical event.
We can use this time to give #thanks. Thanks to our #teachers; whomever and whatever they may be. For it’s all about those people and #experiences that cross our paths that shape our worlds, and thus our lives. We can, just for a minute, stop to #honor those that have changed our #lives. Both in the positive, but especially the negative fashions. Because often enough, #unpleasantness is what can be a #catalyst for #change.
We can also use this time to really dig into ourselves, and find out or admit what makes us #tick; what our #hearts truly #want. And we can use the energy of this crazy moon to help us make any adjustments in our lives to support whatever it is that our hearts want.
Because #life is just too damned short for us to be “content”.
And so here’s to the things, events and people that have #pissed us off. May we learn from the experiences with #grace and #love. And if we’re not already, may we find the #strength to look deep within ourselves to figure out what makes our hearts beam, and may we follow that #route; for that and that alone will lead us #home.
Tonight, I was catching up on some correspondence, and was writing to a friend that I’d been out of touch with for quite some time now.
As I was catching them up on what had been new with my little life, recanting my story about being laid off from the big global company over a year ago, and how I’d made it thus far being self-employed, it occurred to me that it is time for the second part of my risk-taking experiment.
When I first began life as an independent consultant, I had no expectations. The technology industry that I spent the previous twenty-four years working in is more than a little of a niche market. Under the safety-net of a global corporation, it was as secure as one could be. Without that big umbrella though, to say that it was dicey and treacherous was an understatement. But I chose to hold the whole thing as an experiment; just to see if just my own talent and intent would be enough to help me earn enough to cover my bills while I continued my education and training in a totally different field. All on my own, without a net.
And it was.
Just a few months before I was let go from my previous employer, I’d begun education and training in a modality of counseling that had made such an impact on my own life a few years earlier. When my position with the company was eliminated, it gave me the opportunity to either seek other employment with another company and play it safe, or push ahead and take this risk. After listening time and time again to the lecture that Alan Watts is most famous for (What would you do if money were no object?) I decided that it was more important to take the risk than it would be to actually succeed.
And it was.
And so this is the image of my next business card, for my next “experiment”. To see if this modality of working with people that is centered around providing a safe environment for people to find their own truths and their own inner wisdom with just a little guidance is still valid in this day and age of iPhones, Satellite Radio and self-help services abounding.
No expectations. We’ll just see if it’s a successful experiment while continuing the other experiment.
Here’s to Mad Science.