I am so very grateful that God/Goddess does not need my help to keep this wonderful old world turning and turning. The other day, I was worried about the violent winds and the animals and the trees and the leaves and the this and the that and so on and so forth. I of course thought I knew much better than Mother Nature what is good for the trees and the animals and the leaves and the branches, etc. etc. etc. I suddenly found myself feeling very foolish and I started to laugh. For hundreds of thousands of years things on this planet have muddled along quite nicely without my help in any way at all. I stopped in my "mind" tracks and took the heavy load from my shoulders and gently set it down on the sacred ground. Ground that has been trodden on long before I was here and will be trampled on long after I am gone. I sat down and laughed at my own hubris and undue sense of self-importance. I thought of all of the ways I think I may know better than the Divine what should be happening at any given moment. Like our recent elections, the choice of quarterback at my favorite school, the lack of a job or career for my eldest daughter, the black moods of my husband and the ACT grades of my youngest daughter, just to mention a few off the top of my head. This list could go on and on and on and on.......I'm sure you get my point.
Things are always as they should be whether I understand and agree or not. Life is a Divine Mystery and I am grateful for the opportunity to walk into that Mystery each and everyday. The painful days full of despair and enchanted days filled with joy. Boring days and overwhelmed days. Chaotic days and peace-filled days. Each has it's place on my journey and I honor and celebrate that place in my heart. And most of all these days I am grateful for the gentle wisdom and comfort I continually find in Stephen Mitchell's translation of the Tao Te Ching. My pearls today:
She who is centered in the Tao
can go where she wishes, without danger
She perceives the universal harmony,
even amid great pain,
because she has found peace in her heart.
Without opening your door,
you can open your heart to the world.
Without looking out your window,
you can see the essence of the Tao.
Creating a Space of Grace
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