Following the thread…


Quote: Bishop Steven Charleston

Life’s frame

We are not permitted to choose the frame of our destiny, but what we put into it is ours.

This week I reached my 60th year! No one can describe what 60 will feel like any more than they can describe 25. But oh how amazing it is to have reached that day. Ask anyone in my family and friends they will agree – I LOVE to celebrate my birthday. When the pumpkins are carved and on neighborhood porches I begin anticipating its arrival. Almost like a pre-party, I feel the excitement as children (both young and young-at-heart) sport their costumes and collect the sweet delights waiting in doorways and homes.

To my surprise this birthday has been more emotional than I expected. Memories have been sharpened as I have rolled through the years that brought me to now. So many moments – sometimes seconds – could have turned my life in such a different direction. Adapt and adjust – this has been my pattern for living. I have always tried to focus on gratitude whatever the situation. Often this has been easy as I have traveled, studied, worked and played in some amazing places with equally amazing people.

My independence may rely on others yet I claim it as mine always ready to consider new opportunities. In the difficult seasons I have been blessed with the care and attention needed to regain health and strength. And there have been some challenging times – no need to list the details but just to say I have experienced plenty of life changes. Some which may have slowed my pace but never kept me from reaching out for ways to stay connected and creative.

Maybe I am not so surprised to experience emotion on this birthday. There is much to remember, times that shaped my life in unexpected yet grace/filled ways.

As Dag Hammarskjold is quoted, we may not choose destiny’s frame but how that frame is filled must be of our doing. My frame has been challenged to hold an abundance of experiences that make up my life’s story. It has more to hold as hours move ahead into days and years ahead.

I will move forward with my same sense of adventure. Yet I am grateful for the pause to give thanks for all I’ve experienced in my journey to now.

60- who can ever guess what this day will feel like?! With a rush of gratitude I check to secure the corners of ‘my’ frame and roll ahead into the next decade!


Quote: DAG HAMMARSKJOLD
Image: unknown

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Fields with light

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The moon is at her full, and riding high,
Floods the calm fields with light.
The airs that hover in the summer sky
Are all asleep tonight.

Fields with light… summer air all asleep.

It is a transition time. During my afternoon walks I have noticed the shadows growing long – a reminder that the earth is shifting. The Summer sun’s heat is cooling. The leaves are proud to show their beauty as they dry and fall away from their charge, no longer needed to shade sidewalks and yards.

Transition time- moments suspended as what-has-been departs and what-will-be has not yet arrived. All of creation knows this stretch. Even though this is a part of nature’s way, brave work is required.

There is a time of Fall for each of us. A time of transition- when who we are begins to stretch toward a new ‘becoming’. It is work. A time of letting go and trusting that our growth will come from the rich soil of our foundation.

Fall is the season of in-between. May your’s be filled with gratitude and wonder.

 


Quote- William C. Bryant
Contemplative Monk – FB Page

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More on gratitude …

Today’s invitation

 

As I express my gratitude, I become more deeply aware of it.
And the greater my awareness, the greater my need to express it.


Quote: BR. DAVID STEINDL-RAST
PHOTO: BILL WILLIAMS

 

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St. Francis today

We should seek not so much to pray
but to become prayer.

Francis of Assisi

As we move through this week carrying shock from the weekend events in Las Vegas, many questions are asked – how do we share this deep grief of the loss and pain suffered, why would this happen, what can we do to make certain this does not happen again?

How do we pray? What can we do? Change – takes time and great patience. Each small step builds toward making a larger impact.

St. Francis offers some insight. May our prayer be woven within our actions. May our actions be led by prayer.

We Are Here

The table where you ate

For your sake we are here, not for our own.
Why should I ever complain about working in the shop where you did?
And the table, earth, where are you ate – isn’t that enough for me?
Your legs stretched out across every particle of space I might ever encounter;
the wise could build monuments here because of this.
If my senses were less dull the scent of your breath would enter me,
For you exhaled something of your soul into this world, and what you do does last.
For your sake, Beloved, we are here, not for our own,
no matter what directions our thoughts and actions may turn.
When dawn pulls the veil from my eye,
The scent of your breath will enter me forever,
and lift every sail.


Quote: A Year with Hafiz- Daily Contemplations
Daniel Landinsky

Image: Playa del amor, México
(National Geographic)