Be Kind

“Life is short and we have not too much time for gladdening the hearts of those who are traveling the dark journey with us.

Oh, be swift to love, make haste to be kind.”

Henri Frederic Amiel


Easter Monday

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  • He is risen!
  • But the story doesn’t end even there: He meets us on the road to Emmaus,
  • He offers His wounds for us to touch and see,
  • He breaks bread with us,
  • He prepares breakfast for us when our catch is slim and our faith wavers,
  • He reminds of all that came before & shows us what it means,
  • He bids us share the Good News with others,
  • He gives us His Spirit,
  • and for me, today, He reminds me that He is risen even with scars; His scars don’t disappear, but they don’t shackle Him to the past; His scars give further testimony to how we ourselves are one (body & soul) and we are one w/ Him, He with us.

For I know that my Redeemer lives,
And He shall stand at last on the earth;
And after my skin is destroyed, this I know,
That in my flesh I shall see God,
Whom I shall see for myself,
And my eyes shall behold, and not another.

(Job 19: 25-27)


Thoughts on Individuals, Community, Love, Wholeness

  1. The Individual is First and Absolutely-Essential.
  2. Relationship and Community are secondary and totally dependant upon the reality of individuals.
  3. All who think it’s the other way around are just wrong.
  4. God is One.
  5. I am one.
  6. True Love between two is only real when each one loves their Self, and can then give Love freely.
  7. Any “love” dependant upon anything (or anyone else) is not Love, but addiction/ obsession/ evil-perversion.
  8. Love begets Love.
  9. Love is always better than “Perfection.”
  10. Love in the midst of brokenness is best because it is Love being and giving True Love for Love of Being.
  11. Wholeness is brokenness healed by Love.  (NOT a return to unbrokenness, NOT “Perfection.”  It is better than never-having-been-broken.
  12. Brokenness is part of the sacred path to Wholeness; Love is the Way; Wholeness-in-Christ is Home.
  13. Brokenness (and suffering) are holy, not for the sake of suffering, but for the time and space to choose Love through free-will.  When we choose Love in the midst of our own suffering, we are choosing Love for Love’s sake.
  14. Even so, Love is so prolific, so generous and lavish, that every love has some reward, some good, and opportunity for further redemption, i.e. empowerment to love better.  Love is like Light: no darkness or evil can overcome it or squelch it.  Love grows.  Love endures.

21 because I don’t need 25

  1. I value Being more than Having.
  2. I know what is important vs. unimportant.
  3. I know what is sufficient vs. excessive.
  4. I know what is necessary vs. inconsequential.
  5. I make great decisions regarding my belongings, purchases, and commitments.
  6. I set reasonable goals, remembering that my first priority is my well-being.
  7. I am ready, willing, and able to change my relationship with clutter.
  8. I choose to be clutter-free: physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually.
  9. I affirm Grace & wholeness; I don’t need to hoard or control things.
  10. I gratefully accept “what is;” I celebrate the reality of Here & Now.
  11. I let go of what I no longer need; I celebrate I am lighter, freer!
  12. With every item I release, I create space in my life for more joy and energy!
  13. I savor what is important to me; I don’t need more; I am content.
  14. I make my surroundings beautiful, harmonious, ordered, and serene.
  15. I define and set my own boundaries, not yielding to external pressure.
  16. I am grateful for the gift of time, so I use it wisely.
  17. I don’t need to accept any new commitments; I may say no.
  18. I am grateful for my personal growth; my pace suits me.
  19. I acknowledge and celebrate all my victories, small and large.
  20. I thank God for everything, esp that all can work together for good…
  21. I choose to be happy.