I feel the same today as I gaze out at this peaceful lake, all is quiet, and serene. I’m at my “happiest place on earth,” celebrating my niece’s birthday, but how can I eat, drink, and be merry when my neighbor is in mourning? “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere,” says Martin Luther King. We can do better but what does better look like? The world is not a massive Disneyland. Sometimes life just sucks. The bible says, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that you may have life, and have it abundantly.” (John 10:10) What if we truly believed that goodness would prevail even in the midst of despair. “Where sin abounds, grace abounds even more.” (Rom 5:20) I see evidence of this happening all over the world especially during a disaster. Life is finite, it passes quickly, and ends abruptly. I say live as big as possible while you can. Don’t waste time on thieves who only know how to take. There are plenty of good people, grace abounds, and as a bonus we get to start over every damn day. Don’t lie to yourself in order to maintain some sort of status quo, only to realize years later, you where the one prolonging a shitty situation. When we clinch our teeth and just deal, we’re left with a sore jaw, and wasted years. We should never do something just because we think we “should.” Dump the bad job, find your “happiest place on earth,” leave the drama queens behind, and keep those life sucking thieves at a distance. Let’s ban the word “should” from our vocabulary. We can do better. The first step is to acknowledge the places where we’re broken and in need of mending. My moms standard counsel, “start small and work your way up to the big things.” I can let go of grudges, take better care of my health, and be generous of heart. We have fault lines, time to shake it up, change the topography if necessary, and see what arrises from the ashes.
What is arising from the ashes of your life?
For more distorted wisdom: Look Both Ways Before Crossing or I Find Myself Rising to the Occasion With Multiple Castings of my Old Self