Theme for January: Abundance
Saturday, January 9, 2021
When I recall hearing someone say that angels can fly because they take themselves lightly, it always sounds like excellent advice for me. I’m not interested in flying, but I would like to shed some of the seriousness that occasionally weighs me down. I sometimes walk around like I have loads of responsibilities on my shoulders – like I’m some special superman who has serious tasks to perform, tasks that simply must be done by me alone. On those days, I take myself way too seriously. Unlike angels, I’m weighed down by a dreamed-up sense of my own importance. On those days, flying is out, and self-absorbed slogging is in. On other days, lucky for me, I get loose from this seriousness and see myself for what I am – just a small twirl in the everlasting dance of a bighearted universe. My silly self-importance disappears like a small star in the vastness of dawn. I feel light on those days – light and free and ready to relax with life instead of wrestle with it.
IN EASE Ease, LA, USA In Ease, Louisiana, residents love the luxury of relaxation. Most of them are poor, but they have the generous possessions that peace of mind brings, like the bursting abundance of simple satisfaction. The people feel like they live on a bed of roses, where even sorrows can be encircled and studied and learned from. Work in Ease is done in a serious but leisurely way, so that steadfastness and amusement are sisters, and labor is just another form of fun and games. There’s restfulness in Ease even in setbacks, since losing can bring the security of fresh wisdom. Visitors see slight smiles even on sad faces, as though storms can somehow produce clearer light.
We took another sunrise walk along the river this morning, and were blessed with these displays of the rising sun …
… and, these lovely patterns of ice along the shore.