Thursday, November 24

Thankful (yeah, that word!)

And today is Thanksgiving in America. What a coincidence! Well...

While it is a good thing to be consistent in these things, I want to believe that our giving of thanks, and this has nothing to do with religion specifically, is not something that we reserve for a special day. That it becomes special only because we want to be elaborate about the things we are thankful for and the reasons behind them.

In this year alone, so much has happened. In fact, sometimes we think we have seen it all, then even more horrific happens and we wonder. So much has gone down in this year alone; from continents, to nations, to homes, and individual lives. But, are we hopeful for a better next year? Oh absolutely. Surely we must keep hope alive? And we should be thankful that in spite of all that has happened we are still here to recount the tale.

I therefore hope that our giving of thanks has not become a routine, like saying ‘thank you’ out of politeness, not necessarily because we are truly grateful for something that someone has done even if it was a service we paid for. I hope that our giving of thanks does not become decades-old tradition that has somehow lost its true meaning, but which we carry on because, well, we just must. That today (and tomorrow, and always) we will make a deliberate effort to muse on gratitude, for things that we have, who we are, even for those events that have unfolded or that are unfolding, including those that do not seem to be in our best interest. I hope that thanksgiving will become something we are deliberate and consistent about...daily!

Be free oh. And thank you for reading.

Tuesday, September 20

When all is said and done!

I don’t get why we feel that nothing can happen because we have done all we can or need to do to cover all bases. However, the thing about life, which we all know, but which still confounds us when it happens is, anything can happen. The forces do sometimes conspire to remind us that we cannot always be in control of everything.

So, a few days ago all the operating systems in my house shut down. Completely. I arrived home after a tiring journey to find that there is no power, the inverter, generator, cable TV, internet, everything had shutdown. I could not recall that ever happening.

I had two choices: lose control at why this should be happening now, or take it in my stride and accept that it is one of those things that I can do nothing about at that moment and go to sleep. It was difficult, but I chose the second option.

But I learned a few lessons. One, no matter how much insurance I have in place, systems do fail. Secondly, the way I react in the face of that failure is purely my choice. Negative energy depletes, remaining positive helps me able to take a step back and re-strategize. And thirdly, while a bad experience might not leave me totally unscathed, I would have learned something, one way or the other. The way we react in the face of the small is a reflection of our reaction when the big things happen. With so much happening in the larger world, why sweat the ‘small’ things?

After all, what guarantee do we have in life? According to Joel Osteen 'you can’t control everything around you. Be your best and trust God to take care of the rest.' 

I vote we rest and be free oh!