I sat at my desk this morning, thinking about what I was going to write, marveling once again how this OLW has been such a gift … and in unexpected ways. I added two more “HOPE quotes” to my journal this month:
The power of hope is greater than greed. ~Pastor Steve’s daily meditation, July 4
Patience is hope in action. ~Fr. Thomas Keating, Open Mind, Open Heart
But the message that really hit home for me comes – again – from Fr. Richard Rohr’s Falling Upward. In the last few chapters, he paints a picture of the second half of life … the half that I am working to embrace and in my good moments, settle into … in my best, with grace.
These lines (taken from a chapter titled “A Bright Sadness”, see Falling Upward pp 118-119) speak directly to what I’ve been feeling in response to the division that’s being actively cultivated in our country (and our world):
We all become a well-disguised mirror image of anything that we fight too long or too directly. That which we oppose determines the energy and frames the questions after a while. You lose all your inner freedom.
You try instead to influence events, work for change, quietly persuade, change your own attitude, pray, or forgive instead of taking things to court.
I purposefully stepped away from the media this past weekend and I could feel the mirror dropping away. I felt lighter defining myself in terms of what’s positive (family, Sabbath, community, good food) and not in terms of all the negative.
I know I have great privilege in being able to do that … the “negative” isn’t personal. But still, I refuse to let it define me. I will not be that mirror image.
I’m still figuring out where I can influence, work, persuade, change, pray and forgive … but I’m hopeful. and that seems like a big deal right now.
Again, much thanks to Juliann for hosting our monthly meet-ups. ♥