Promises to be kinder…

Why do we start a new year, with promises to improve?

Who began this tradition of never-ending pressure?
I say, the end of a year, should be filled with congratulation, for all we survived. 
And I say a new year should start with promises to be kinder to ourselves, to understand better just how much we bear, as humans on this exhausting treadmill of life.
And if we are to promise more, let’s pledge to rest,
before our bodies force us. 
Let’s pledge to stop, and drink in life as it happens.
Let’s pledge to strip away a layer of perfection to reveal the flawed and wondrous humanity we truly are inside.
Why start another year, gifted to us on this earth, with demands on our already over-strained humanity. 
When we could be learning to accept, that we were always supposed to be imperfect.
And that is where the beauty lives, actually.
And if we can only find that beauty, we would also find peace.

I wish you peace in 2023.
Everything else is all just a part of it.
Let it be so.


Quote: ‘Life: Poems to help navigate life’s many twists & turns’
by Donna Ashworth (Amazon)

Art: Demelsa Haughton Illustration

#newyear #2023

thank you, Gail Spach

Advent I – the first mild light…

“Advent is the time of promise; it is not yet the time of fulfillment. We are still in the midst of everything and in the logical inexorability and relentlessness of destiny.… Space is still filled with the noise of destruction and annihilation, the shouts of self-assurance and arrogance, the weeping of despair and helplessness. But round about the horizon the eternal realities stand silent in their age-old longing. There shines on them already the first mild light of the radiant fulfillment to come. From afar sound the first notes as of pipes and voices, not yet discernable as a song or melody. It is all far off still, and only just announced and foretold. But it is happening, today.”


Quote: Alfred Delp, Advent of the Heart: Seasonal Sermons And Prison Writings 1941-1944
Image: David Kanigan

to risk indifference

 

Beggar…….Fin Davern on Tate Bridge.

“The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference.
The opposite of art is not ugliness, it’s indifference.
The opposite of faith is not heresy, it’s indifference.
And the opposite of life is not death,
it’s indifference.”

Ellie Weisel

 

Lean in, stay connected, do not give up. You are not alone. Many are working to move forward in the promise of hope while the winds of anger and fear blow to tip our world off-balance. You are connected by a bond that cannot be torn apart.  A connection found deep within the heart – pacing a quiet beat in rhythm with all of creation. 

Lean in, stay connected, do not give up. The next person you see may need a simple act of compassion to rekindle hope. Do not look away. We are given many opportunities to care for one another, changing the world one-act at a time.

May we move ahead sharing this promise of hope. May we live by example – a people of compassion and peace. 

The promise of returning light…

On the eve of Ash Wednesday may we give thanks for the promise of light. We live in a world that seems to be thriving in darkness. May this season of Lent allow us to focus in this dark and find the cracks where light is trying to push its way through. Where it is struggling to enter let us bring the promise that light will return. 

The light will return. It will come again when the darkness has grown old and self-confident, arrogant in its assumption of power, when the clash of armies seems unending and the voices of hope have become but a whisper. Then the light will appear, in the deepest place of fear, least expected, a glimmer in the hand of the poor, a flicker among those who refuse to forget how to love. And the light will become brighter, with each one of us who turn to see it, warming us where our pain is greatest, releasing us to see one another more clearly, a light to follow, to cherish, to protect. Look up now.
The season of shadows is over. The light will return.

(The Very Rev Steven  Charleston)

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