What's It All About?

It's all too easy for days to pass without reflection. It's my hope that through a greater active awareness on each day, that I will be able to consider God's presence in my life and in the world around me. Writing has always been a way for me to round up my thoughts. This blog seems like a good place to park those thoughts for my own benefit as well as the benefit of others. Please take a moment to read what I have written, to offer comments, and to share the ideas with others.

Friday, November 27, 2015

Just For Fun: Some Thoughts For Friday About Giving and Time

***This is just for fun. Prompted by an idea I had about giving someone your full attention; what that would be like. An idea about how to be expansive in what you offer to people. An idea about being gracious and giving without actually giving something of material value. Enjoy!
****And no, I don't know anything about poetry!:)

I have time. 
Here. Sit right here. 
The sun will be warm
Tea? No, you wan't coffee right?
That's right. Milk with a little sugar.
That spoon? Thanks. It is a pretty pattern isn't it?

Tell me. What happened?
Was there a lot of traffic?
No, don't worry. 
The machine will get it. Really.
Then what happened? 
I wouldn't have guessed it.

And then what? Wow. That's long isn't it?
I am sorry. That must hurt. 
Maybe next time. 
Sooner? Not that long then.

The sun is strong isn't it?
No, here. Let me get it. 
Keep talking, I am listening. Then what?
That's too funny! 
Were you surprised? What did you think?
Me too. How funny.

Already? Wait. Just one more.
It's only been a few minutes hasn't it?
Wasn't there something else? Yes, that's right.
Now I remember. You were there? Me too.

OK, then. 
No, really. Anytime.
Here. There is plenty. 
Don't forget these too. 
It's a long way home. Be safe.
Honestly. Anytime. I have time.


Saturday, November 14, 2015

Ordinary Lives

View to far backyard and beyond-sunset
Earlier this week I learned that my neighbor's husband passed away in September. He was in his late seventies and had been sick for several years. Having met him once or twice and having spoken with his wife several times, I was sad to hear about such a sudden loss. They were both expecting him to pass away at some point I suspect but I can imagine that they thought they had more time. We all do.

Coinciding with the above is this lovely article, link here. The author writes eloquently of the special intimacy between couples, of the care that they give to one another and the lengths to which they will go to support and love each other at the end. Lives intertwined and enmeshed with one another. Where does one life end and the other begin after all of that time?

I have a special love for the idea that we are all quiet witnesses to one thing or another but especially to each other. The author takes care to point this out-how important it is to notice what is happening around us; that which is manifested in the everyday activities of our friends and neighbors. Many, many of us live very ordinary lives. I can't help but believe that God's presence here in the lives of those of us just living very quietly is most important. Just as important as in the lives of those of us who do big things. It all matters. And if we just stop for a minute or two and pay attention, we can realize that we are the witness. We have a part to play too.