Eternitywards

January 26, 2015

On this snowy-blizzard day here in New Jersey when everyone has their cranky pants on already, I was so glad to find this post. It lifted me up and started my day on the right foot.

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In his epic poem about life called Landslides, Canadian poet, Don Coles writes:

            Sometimes I’ll rant, or grieve,

            But rather now would sidestep

            Eternitywards and glimpse a sort of

comfort there, out under the stars

I have always liked this particular stanza.  It seems to me to be a very raw description of life, an admission of the times where we choose to be negative, to rant and to grieve.  It reminds me that when we do these things what we really need is to sidestep eternitywards.  It reminds me that there is comfort in those times when we are willing to step aside and look up.

Like most people, my life can get stressful.  This last week felt particularly stressful to me.  I was challenged with new ways of doing things at work, I had a challenging meeting with a young lady we are mentoring…

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Tilting at Windmills

January 23, 2015

Great post from Two Minutes of Grace – a reminder that compassion should be our default setting.

Two Minutes of Grace

It is not the responsibility of knights errant to discover whether the afflicted, the enchained and the oppressed whom they encounter on the road are reduced to these circumstances and suffer this distress for their vices, or for their virtues: the knight’s sole responsibility is to succour them as people in need, having eyes only for their sufferings, not for their misdeeds.
~Miguel de Cervantes, Don Quixote

They brought it on themselves we say as if it matters. Of course it’s often true – regarding others, regarding me. But the very statement reveals a blindness of the heart that replaces compassion with blame and shame. They brought it on themselves.

Who hasn’t? Who among us doesn’t contribute to a significant portion of our own suffering? Am I less in need of compassion because I’ve been the root of my own troubles? Am I somehow more worthy of God’s unmerited…

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