** Beth made creative and beautiful Valentine cards with a friend yesterday. My marvelous and beautiful Beth has been making Valentines with friends for 35 years. Her passion is a Blessing for me.
Today, I want to reflect on BEING.
On Being Fearful: Yes, there is danger in the shouting, yelling, blaming, and shaming of individuals, groups, and causes. It is natural to be fearful of future elections, decisions about books, our bodies, who is included and who excluded… and yet, we continue to believe in the goodness of our tomorrows, allowing the bad stuff to visit, not stay!
On Being a Neighbor: My 1950 parents showed me the essential rightness of being an active Neighbor to those moving onto our block and neighborhood. I have attempted that same “hello” in different cities, young or old, rental or owner purchase. This approach has sometimes been appreciated and sometimes not. Being a Neighbor means to knock on the door, smile, be present, be aware.
On Being Connected/Disconnected: Today, there are so many devices and platforms. Easy to be connected, to engage family, friends, even the unknown stranger. In the same way, it is so easy to back away, become isolated, disconnected. We get to choose the parts of our daily world that are safe, friendly, or not safe where caution is needed. The hand lowered to lift someone up contributes to the health and safety of us all.
On Being Sorrowful: I feel sorrow and sadness with the use of guns and missiles in the name and pursuit of peace in Israel and Garza. Political votes about additional funding create more opportunities for hate and loss of homes and communities. Sorrow and sadness are the right words for this part of my 2024.
On Being Balanced: Each day there is so much information, news, changes, and shifts coming at us, surrounding us with both risk and comfort. How we find the right Balance is a true part of maintaining our mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual health. Balancing it all today, does not guarantee the same level of balance tomorrow. I believe there is comfort in balance, among family and friends who know us, “no matter what.”
On Being Brave: Showing Courage…I know those who have inherited the brave or courage gene. What I know best about being brave and showing courage came from the challenging 1960-70’s. The women and men who helped me understand the right times and right reasons for being brave and having courage. I hope I have contributed the same understanding in my career to younger staff, volunteers, and board members.
Prime Movie Recommendation: The Grand Seduction. The men living in fishing village on the English coast are no longer allowed to cast their nets. Instead, each receives a monthly welfare check. If this village can attract a doctor, a new business will relocate with jobs and a new economy…thus, the seduction. A 2013 movie with colorful characters, good script, and the creative spirit of the desperate for a better tomorrow.
Roy, already with a full note pad for next Sunday!