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TGIF.

Hello, friends and Happy Friday! Wanna see what a week of Spring-ish weather looks like?

These are the trees that were sporting pink blooms last month.Marc interrupted my quiet time this morning with Important News. He’d just seen the weather forecast for the weekend and it promised a Saturday and a Sunday without rain … for the first time since early November. Weather promises are cheap, but I’d love for this one to be a keeper!

…and on the Blue Skies note:

Thinking about mysticism. I listened (twice!) to Krista Tippett’s latest podcast with Rabbi Lawrence Kushner and I’m sure I’ll listen again this weekend. I’m struck by the similarities between what Kushner and Rohr have both described as “universal god”. Here’s a little snippet of the transcript from the podcast:

“There are two ways to understand our relationship with God. I’m going to say right up front that they are both just metaphors, relax. The first one, picture a big circle, and the big circle represents God. And then picture below it a very tiny little circle. And that represents you in the world. And because the big circle is above the little circle, it’s naturally hierarchical, and therefore it’s generically masculine, and welcome to Western religion … Now I’m going to give you another metaphor. Just another metaphor, relax. Same big circle that represents God, but the only difference is is that the little circle that represents you and me is inside the big circle. And that strikes us as a more Eastern model, but — as Scholem demonstrated — it’s widely available in Western religious tradition as well. And the goal in that model is not to pray to God or have God tell you what to do, but to realize that you have been all along, contrary to all of your illusions, a dimension of the divine, and in moments of heightened spiritual awareness, the boundary line, which is the little circle defining you inside the big circle, momentarily is erased. Momentarily is blurred, and it’s no longer clear where you end and God begins.”

I cannot get that little circle with the erased lines out of my head.

Grateful for so many things. This week – especially following on the heels of last week – has provided multiple opportunities to say Thank You. I’m going to single out Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern for the example she’s provided – under horrific circumstances – of what a true world leader looks like.

Inspired by the wonderful posts from the Edinburgh Yarn Festival on my Instagram feed. New patterns (this one stole my heart!), beautiful yarn, smiling faces, lovely spaces (rhyming hard to avoid!) It’s really wonderful!

Fun! Marc and I have plans to see Charlie tomorrow morning … playing in his second T-ball game. This is gonna be a first for us … and I am sure we’ll have a ball! (another opportunity to see little brother Sam and their parents is a bonus, too!)

Wishing y’all a wonderful weekend full of blue skies – even (or maybe especially?!) the metaphorical ones!

13 Comments

  • Kat

    I have been Jonesing for Edinburgh seeing all those amazing photos in my IG feed!! And, sorry but I am ignoring your blue skies and green leaves with the snow that is accumulating at a rapid pace outside today.

    Have fun watching Charlie tomorrow! And, have an amazing weekend!

  • Honore

    That circle metaphor is indeed provocative; thanks for sharing . Enjoy the T-ball game… and the weekend!
    Cheers ~

  • Sarah

    Just as I was jealous of the flowering trees, I’m now jealous of the fact that your trees have leaves! I’m sure ours will start to green up in the next few weeks, but it’s still so depressing to see the bare tree branches.

    I am not a super religious person, but I do really love this little excerpt. Even if you don’t believe in G-d, I think it’s a good idea to think that in some way we, as humans, are all connected in some way.

  • Juliann

    I signed up for the EYF news and I am dreaming of going one day. And now I am off to download those On Being podcasts for my walk today.

  • Margene

    I prefer the metaphor of being a part of something rather than being outside of it. Krista Tippet always sparks my imagination. Thank you, Mary! Enjoy your boys and the blue skies!

  • Jeannie

    Our trees are still in the flowering stage but it won’t be long before we have shade producing greenery. And the idea of a sunny Saturday AND Sunday? Heaven!!

  • karen

    loved your metaphor and circles 🙂 tee ball!!!! My son did one year (wasn’t for him) but gosh, it was freezing cold when the season started and boiling hot when it ended . I bet it was fun.

  • Bonny

    I don’t think the trees will be that leafed out here for another month (or two!), so thank you for a preview of spring! I’m hoping it’s warm enough to hang out laundry soon so I can celebrate spring with the scent of line-dried clothing.

  • Vera

    Hope you had a great weekend! Our weather was so nice…and lovely to see your Spring pictures (we are quite a way till we have leaves – lol).

  • Lydia

    I am finally getting caught up on all the blog “news”. We took full advantage of the spectacular weather this weekend. Hopefully it won’t end too soon. Happy Monday!

  • Patty

    I really like that metaphor as well. Being a part of is so much nicer than the outside and looking up! We could have some interesting conversations Mary 🙂 I hope you had fun at t-ball and it was minus the black flies that always accompanied our t-ball season!