Just as a blade of grass…

Just as a blade of grass will push through a crack in the cement, growing toward the light, we too are being pulled toward a fuller expression of ourselves.
~Mary Morrissey

When I am discontent, I know I am being urged to expand myself.  If I seek light, the Universe pulls me toward my ideal self.  I am more than I ever dreamed I could be, and so are you.

When you look in the mirror…

When you look in the mirror, what do you see? Do you see the real you, or what you have been conditioned to believe is you? The two are so, so different. One is an infinite consciousness capable of being and creating whatever it chooses, the other is an illusion imprisoned by its own perceived and programmed limitations.
~David Icke

 

I am determined to be the real me.  Happy Wisdom Wednesday!

Summer Solstice

Today’s Summer Solstice, the first day of summer and the longest day of the year, will be a little longer for some.   Today my sister-in-law buried her oldest son.  What should have been a day to celebrate the beginning of summer, instead was a day of mourning.

At the graveside service, the officiant quoted from the third chapter of Ecclesiastes.  This version is from the New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE).

3  For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:

2  a time to be born, and a time to die;
    a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
3  a time to kill, and a time to heal;
    a time to break down, and a time to build up;
4  a time to weep, and a time to laugh;
    a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
5  a time to throw away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
    a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
6  a time to seek, and a time to lose;
    a time to keep, and a time to throw away;
7  a time to tear, and a time to sew;
    a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
8  a time to love, and a time to hate;
    a time for war, and a time for peace.

While there may be some wisdom in these words, the loss of a child upsets the order of things.  For everything there is a season… a time to die for us all.  Parents want that time to be before our children.  Time will bring acceptance and healing.  Until then, we allow ourselves to grieve the untimely passing of Zachary Rausch, gone too soon.

You are what you are…

You are what you are and where you are because of what has gone into your mind.
You can change what you are and where you are by changing what goes into your mind.
~Zig Ziglar

On this Wisdom Wednesday (and my 200th post), if you are not content with what and where you are today, I encourage you to examine what you are putting into your mind.  Even if you only need some “tweaking,” changing what you feed your mind can drastically improve your life.

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Good timber…

More bathroom graffiti.
More bathroom graffiti.  The “artist” did not know that the words are a line from Douglas Malloch’s poem, Good Timber.

Here I am with more “positive” bathroom graffiti.  While I don’t condone writing on other people’s property, the black sharpie on the white exposed area and the black paint… well, I couldn’t resist capturing this Wisdom Wednesday worthy quote.

 

 

 

 

 

The wide spectrum…

The wide spectrum of mothering
To those who gave birth this year to their first child—we celebrate with you
To those who lost a child this year – we mourn with you
To those who are in the trenches with little ones every day and wear the badge of food
stains – we appreciate you
To those who experienced loss through miscarriage, failed adoptions, or running away—we
mourn with you
To those who walk the hard path of infertility, fraught with pokes, prods, tears, and
disappointment – we walk with you. Forgive us when we say foolish things. We don’t
mean to make this harder than it is
To those who are foster moms, mentor moms, and spiritual moms – we need you
To those who have warm and close relationships with your children – we celebrate with you
To those who have disappointment, heart ache, and distance with your children – we sit
with you
To those who lost their mothers this year – we grieve with you
To those who experienced abuse at the hands of your own mother – we acknowledge your
experience
To those who lived through driving tests, medical tests, and the overall testing of
motherhood – we are better for having you in our midst
To those who have aborted children – we remember them and you on this day
To those who are single and long to be married and mothering your own children – we mourn
that life has not turned out the way you longed for it to be
To those who step-parent – we walk with you on these complex paths
To those who envisioned lavishing love on grandchildren, yet that dream is not to be – we
grieve with you
To those who will have emptier nests in the upcoming year – we grieve and rejoice with you
To those who placed children up for adoption – we commend you for your selflessness and
remember how you hold that child in your heart
And to those who are pregnant with new life, both expected and surprising –we anticipate
with you
This Mother’s Day, we walk with you. Mothering is not for the faint of heart and we have
real warriors in our midst. We remember you.
By Amy Young (http://messymiddle.com)

This was read in my church this morning.  It touched me so I thought I would share.  The link to the pdf is here. It was originally part of Amy Young’s May 10, 2012 post, An open letter to pastors {A non-mom speaks about Mother’s Day}, on her blog The Messy Middle   

You don’t need …

You don’t need to change the world; you need to change yourself.
~Don Miguel Ruiz

Miguel Ruiz is one of my favorite authors.  I especially love this quote because I spent so many years trying to change other people and circumstances (to no avail and with much frustration, of course).  When I learned that the only thing I can change is myself, my life began improving.  Happy Wisdom Wednesday!

Resentment is like…

Resentment is like drinking poison and waiting for the other person to die.
― Carrie Fisher

I use this quote a lot so that I will remember it.  When I am having bad thoughts about another person, I realize that I am the one housing the bad thoughts.  I’m sure many times I was angry at someone who was oblivious to the fact, or who quickly forgot the incident.  I don’t want that toxicity in my temple anymore.  Whatever I am upset about, I let go of as quickly as I possibly can (depending how conscious I am in that circumstance).  And I still have a long way to go, but I’m working on it.  So whatever resentment you might be harboring… let it go, and have a wonderful Wisdom Wednesday!