I thought it would be nice to open this month’s update on Hope with a glimpse of the sunrise over the lake. Sadly, the slight drizzle that greeted me when I left the house didn’t register on my weather app. It’s hard to see a sunrise when there’s no sun. Thankfully, though, eight months into this Hope journey, I’m not seeing anything hopeless about it.
While I was in England, I read Richard Rohr’s, Everything Belongs. Subtitled “The Gifts of Contemplative Prayer”, this was another meaningful step in my exploration of Rohr’s work and perfect “morning work” while I awaited numerous UPS, Royal Mail and other deliveries. I highlighted a lot and took many pages of notes, but the lesson that resonated for today is this, from a section titled “The Power of Free Will” (p 106)
We recognize that we largely create our own experiences … We have the power to decide what each moment means and how we will respond to it. We have power when we know we have the ability to respond freely. We can decide if we’re going to respond to something hatefully or lovingly. We can decide to attack or ask for the gift of forgiveness, or at least the gift of understanding … This free decision is a resource source of power … that no one can take from us.
…and then I was reminded of Krista Tippett’s wise words
Hope, like every virtue, is a choice that becomes a practice that becomes spiritual muscle memory. It’s a renewable resource for moving through life as it is, not as we wish it to be.
This OLW is teaching me some wonderful lessons … and I’m thinking we all have lots of opportunities to practice these days.
Thank you to Juliann for hosting our meet-up. ♥