Sunday Reflection: Fairness

As we have seen lately life is so not fair. It can be annoying that way. Things are difficult for everyone. The Rolling Stones sang you can’t always get what you want, that is wisdom for everyone. No one can win all the time. Life is set up for some adversity and the lessons taught there are valuable.

Fairness is something hoped for however it isn’t always what you get. The world has lost so many good people in the past few months that its very human to ask where the fairness is here. It can be tough for all of us to keep going when there is always something that can smack you across the face and make you feel like nothing is going right. When we see injustice happening it’s understandable to say something isn’t fair.

Everyone should have some level of anger when you experience an unfair level of strife and disappointment. No matter what you must keep moving. Remember there are a lot of people who are going through the same thing. While someone gets away with all sorts of things, fairness can be a source of justice.

Sticking together can keep you going when the chips are down. No matter what time in your life you are entitled to ask why things aren’t fair. Someone has an answer, that’s fair enough I would think.

Sunday Reflection: Compassion Is Powerful

Compassion is powerful. It is the act of feeling concern and pity for the misfortunes of others. It is so needed in a world where people are impacted by the Coronavirus, wildfires in the west, hurricanes in the Gulf of Mexico, and regular situations of poverty, hunger, depression, and the like. Sometimes it means forgiving huge debts that would be impossible to repay like those who have a tough time making rent, paying medical bills, and the like.

Compassion is powerful in that it can take the pressure off people who are at their breaking point. Desperate people who through no fault of their own cannot seem to get ahead. Sometimes the system just doesn’t work for them. It means being fair and just which can mean the difference in the lives of those who need it most. The important thing to know is that you could be the person in peril, facing a mountain you cannot climb and one paycheck away from losing it all. We are all in that boat whether we like to admit it or not.

Compassion is powerful in that it works both ways. Everyone is worthy of it. Now that is not to say that one should compassion be a way for someone to take advantage of you, but it can be a way that shows a better way of living.

Compassion is powerful in that you can find your way of doing that for others. Now is not the time to be focused on ourselves but to make the world a better place by giving our friends and neighbors a much-needed break. Harness that power you must give breath and life to those in need.

Sunday Reflection: Giving Yourself A Break – Love Generously

Everyone makes mistakes. No one is perfect. I am usually harder on myself than others. Giving yourself space to be imperfect and human is one of the best things we can do for ourselves. Personally I have learned this the hard way. A lifetime of being a people pleaser and making errors along the way has made me take a step back and to realize I can’t please everyone and hope that they will forgive me and more importantly I won’t lose sleep over it all. It is important to show grace to everyone.

Another thought for this Sunday is to let love be real. Love one another. Be vigorous in serving ones higher power. Celebrate hope and give hospitality to strangers. That doesn’t mean always inviting them into your house but extending care to those who are in need. There are many things we can do to do good things and to kick bad stuff to the curb. Avoid revenge. People who do you wrong will have to face the music someday. Treat your enemies as you would wish to be treated and maybe they won’t be enemies much longer.

May you all find peace this week. I am hoping for the best for all of us. Grace, peace and love you crazy people.

Sunday Reflection: New Information #sundayreflection #sunday

It would be safe to say the world is complicated. Much like relationships you see on Facebook or Twitter. We don’t like complicated things much these days. Simplicity is much preferred.

To transition from the complicated to the simplified requires information. I will be the first to say that information can change things. I tend to be more black or white instead of shades of gray. We find new facts in those shades of gray. Life is fluid. We should be too. Our collective table can be expanded when we look at others from a new perspective.

The best people learn new things so that they can do new things and relate to others in a whole new way. The keyword here is new. We have old ways of assuming things but something comes along that makes sense and helps us grow. Being open to new things can make the world a better place for everyone.

Teachable moments are all around us if we are paying attention. Are you always right, I know I am not. Learning and growing means the world can change for the better.

Grace and peace to you all this upcoming week.

Sunday Reflection: Living On Empty

How many times have you said I have nothing left in my tank? Life has beaten you down and you cannot seem to keep going. Yeah, for me it is been for much of the past year and more. No matter what you do and what sort of responsibilities you have some situations leave you unable to do what you got to do.

Human beings have a limit, a breaking point. In my line of work, I reach that point on Thursdays and when Fridays come I feel relief. Doing everything you can means giving everything you got.

For me, 2019 was a year that took a lot out of me and now 2020 has taken everyone out of rhythm for various reasons. Think about all we have been through in recent times.

We need to be honest about our feelings about having nothing to give. It’s a raw conversation where we can begin to find our way out of those times of emptiness. For some religion is a source of life and renewal. Universally speaking we all find comfort in friendship, community, and culture.

Finding your way back takes time. Patience is a virtue. Life needs renewal, recreation, restoration. It means the manifestation of one’s intentions and being willing to receive grace so that one can begin again. May God be with you all, no matter who you are.

(This post was inspired by my priest Fr. Quinn Parman)

Sunday Reflection: Life In Imperfection #sundaythoughts

Patience is a virtue. When it comes to having relationships with fellow human beings it might as well be divine. Loving ones neighbor can be a significant challenge. To be fair I am not always pleasant to be with and I have my own stuff that makes people crazy. Everyone has something.

Every rose has a thorn (I heard that in a song once) and sometimes we are the rose and sometimes we are the thorn. That is a necessary truth as we don’t become full of ourselves or anything like that.

We are all in need of that thing that means that no matter what we are we are still valued, loved no matter the baggage we carry. No one is perfect. Everyone has a fault but we are also special in that imperfection. So if you are dealing with stuff know that you don’t have to go it alone. In this day we need all the support we can muster.

Friends, I hope you are doing our best. May grace be abundant. Have peace this and in the days ahead.

(This is inspired by my priest, Fr. Quinn Parman)

Sunday Reflection: Where Are You Finding Peace?

My goodness its a wild and crazy world we are in. I can speak from experience the USA is full of chaos right now. Just go on the blogosphere or social media where people are bearing witness to how things are where they live. The year 2020 has been a time unlike any other in history where a whole lot of things are going down.

The question is where does one go to find some peace? You know to get away from the calamity of things. My priest posed the question about finding peace in your life this morning and in a Zoom meeting the answers were very personal and unique.

Some go into nature, some read, some will retreat to a favorite place if possible. There is a spiritual component where some will find prayer and meditation comforting. Worship or group gatherings can be helpful too. Being in tune with ones higher power can help calm the mind and soul. Yoga and other practices can benefit the mind and body simultaneously.

It’s true that people are overstimulated and overexposed to bad news and finding peace from that means turning off the TV and getting away from devices (yes that is hard for me to do).

Finding peace can be a simple thing if you let it. Getting out of your headspace and allowing your physical body to relax can help one unwind. Self care is important whatever that looks like to you.

Peace like a river, peace from turmoil, peace from the demands of life and peace that surpasses understanding, nirvana wherever one can find quiet for a time might help solve a lot of problems in the world. Being intentional about it is the key.

Peace to you all my dear friends.

Sunday Reflection: No One Is Perfect And Grace Is Good

No one I know is perfect. No one. Not even me. Seeking perfection is a challenge that everyone will fail at and that’s OK. In that relentless pursuit of perfection we miss out on a lot. Our connection with one another means we share in that imperfect life that does more to unite us than any perfect life could. Everyone makes mistakes and it’s through those errors that allows forgiveness to come into play.

Grace is a great gift because it means you are being gift of pardon from whatever wrongs you have committed. It can bring people together where they were once apart. It’s okay to give and receive grace and still have issues to work out in any relationship. It’s grace that gives a point of reboot in life.

Forgiveness is really hard and its more about the person who was injured letting go of any anger or animosity that the person who was hurt the most. Be not afraid to reconcile and renew your hearts and minds for something higher and better.

So in your seeking to be perfect know it will never happen. Be satisfied with the person you are right now. Give people you know the chance to be who they are in the moment.