I read on a blog somewhere yesterday not to believe anything I read on the internet today. I’ve seen some pretty cute stuff out there so far. One minister I am acquainted with rearranged all the furniture in his sanctuary for this morning’s Sunday celebration. I thought that was pretty funny. Have you ever experienced something like that? You walk into a place you know well and some….um…well….I’m trying to remove all negativity from my life, so let’s just say well meaning person has rearranged all the furniture. Actually, in my crowd, it’s the mischievous ones that tend to sneak in before everyone else arrives and rearrange the furniture. Then they sit back and smile, entertained by all the reactions. Just so you know, I’ve been know to be one of the furniture re-arrangers. If I had a sanctuary, I would probably have rearranged the furniture today. Besides, it would have given me a good opportunity to get rid of the dust bunnies. Oh well, the dust bunnies will live to talk about the April Fools Day they didn’t meet the garbage can.
But the metaphor of a surprise rearrangement of furniture reminded me of change, and how we sometimes don’t do well with that…at all. What is up with that? I can walk into a room and see the furniture rearranged and see the humor in it all, but spring a change of a bigger sort on me, say a relationship change or a career change or a living situation change, and I am experiencing all sorts of fear based stuff like self pity, intolerance, judgement, sadness, distrust.
You would think I didn’t have a Power in my life that allows me to know that all is well, all the time.
The fact is, I do have that Power, and that makes it even worse. Because having that Power should mean I shouldn’t be feeling all those fear based things, right? We’ll talk about “shoulding” on yourself in another post, lest I get off track into dust bunny land again. Back to the topic: Fear should not be on my list of things to do with Power, right? Well, that’s a lot easier said than done.
Here’s the deal with change, and fear based reactions, and having a Power in one’s life to help with all of that: it takes consistent and persistent spiritual practices to be able to respond (not react) with love instead of fear. It takes introspection, paying attention to one’s self, to be able to know that all is well in the face of uncertainty. It takes meditation to feel a calm and a peace, no matter what. And it takes constant thinking about that Power in our lives to be able to live a love based life rather than a fear based one.
It’s like taking a shower: you can’t expect yesterday’s shower to keep you from smelling bad today. One needs to shower every day. One needs to do spiritual practices every day too. That’s just the way it is if you want to live a happier, more peaceful and freer life.
And that’s all I have to say about that.
Except……somehow, I wanted to tie in today’s post with the image of the month. These images are from a calendar I produce every year. The images are mine, the quotes come from lots of different sources. The quote for this month just happens to come from…me!….Gotta tell you, it was a weird feeling to get the calendars back from the printer and open up to the month of April and see my quote there. I liked it. Anyway, here’s the quote and the image:
“When one does not know one’s own truth, one is subjected to the truth of others.” (see those spiritual practices I talked about above, that’s how you know your own truth).
If you like this image, it is available for purchase (as a stand alone image, not with the black background and quote, although if you want that it’s available too!) here: https://vando.imagequix.com/gallery.html?id=49R7J9W&eventid=1046-8080-0087
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