In Spite Of Our Differences

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My children’s beliefs vary from mine. Of course! They are different beings. Separate, individual beings. And they are adults. Technically.

I’m a little bothered by the spiritual paths my adult children walk these days.  Sometimes I’m a lot bothered.  If they were some one else’s kids, it wouldn’t bother me very much at all.

It helps to remember what I was like in my twenties…. but that’s another post.

Yet, as much as we vary, we have very  much in common. We’re all on the tall side, we lean toward sensitivity, creativity and introversion, and we all love the earth. My children share my deep love for animals and nature.

I am thankful for that.

Isn’t it true that as humans, we are more alike than we are different?

It reminds me of this song “Russians” by Sting released in 1985 on his debut solo album: The Dream of the Blue Turtles.

We can substitute any race, nationality, or religion in the place of Russians.  As people, we all love our children. We’re made that way.

For that matter, you could say,

The elephants love their children too, and

The gorillas love their children too, and

The dolphins love their children too.

Even when their children don’t agree with them.

 

Today’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt was: “vary/very.”

If  you’d like to join in the Saturday SOC adventure, please visit:

http://lindaghill.com/2015/04/24/the-friday-reminder-and-prompt-for-socs-april-2515/

Here are the rules:

1. Your post must be stream of consciousness writing, meaning no editing, (typos can be fixed) and minimal planning on what you’re going to write.

2. Your post can be as long or as short as you want it to be. One sentence – one thousand words. Fact, fiction, poetry – it doesn’t matter. Just let the words carry you along until you’re ready to stop.

3. There will be a prompt every week. I will post the prompt here on my blog on Friday, along with a reminder for you to join in. The prompt will be one random thing, but it will not be a subject. For instance, I will not say “Write about dogs”; the prompt will be more like, “Make your first sentence a question,” or “Begin with the word ‘The’.”

4. Ping back! It’s important, so that I and other people can come and read your post! For example, in your post you can write “This post is part of SoCS:” and then copy and paste the URL found in your address bar at the top of this post into yours.  Your link will show up in my comments, for everyone to see. The most recent pingbacks will be found at the top.

5. Read at least one other person’s blog who has linked back their post. Even better, read everyone’s! If you’re the first person to link back, you can check back later, or go to the previous week, by following my category, “Stream of Consciousness Saturday,” which you’ll find right below the “Like” button on my post.

6. Copy and paste the rules (if you’d like to) in your post. The more people who join in, the more new bloggers you’ll meet and the bigger your community will get!

7. Have fun!

My Last Circus – Sentiments from the Big Top

JoAnne:

My hope is that some day, not too far away, all elephants,
all lions, tigers and bears, will be wild and free or protected in natural sanctuaries.

I’m thankful to Jana Green for sharing her experience with such compassion.

Originally posted on The Beggar's Bakery:

Photo by Jana Greene Photo by Jana Greene

By: Jana Greene

It would be my last circus.

I’d always loved the circus – everything about it. The popcorn and cotton candy, the distorted and loud fanfare music, the smell of sawdust in the enormous tent, and the animals. I especially loved the animals, garishly dressed in sequined headpieces that matched the tacky attire of their human counterparts. The animals – especially the elephants – always made my heart race.

But last year, the elephants only made my heart break.

I’m not entirely sure how it happened, but I knew in my heart of hearts that it would be the very last circus I’d  attend. I knew it for certain, because I couldn’t bear the pain on the animals’ faces. The elephants, in particular, with their intelligent eyes that don’t just reflect pain, but also the countenances of broken spirits. Listless, resigned, going through all…

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Earth Day

JoAnne:

Important Truth in a powerful voice. Clearly it is possible to save our home. Let every day be Earth Day.

Originally posted on Top of JC's Mind:

I just posted this quote for Linda’s One-Liner Wednesday:
“Compassion, in which all ethics must take root, can only attain its full breadth and depth if it embraces all living creatures and does not limit itself to mankind.”
– Albert Schweitzer

Because it is Earth Day, I want to expand a bit on Dr. Schweitzer’s quote. Yes, we must embrace all living creatures and all of humanity, especially the most vulnerable, but we must also embrace the plants and earth itself. It is essential that the nations of the world come together in Paris in December to adopt limits on greenhouse gas emissions to avert catastrophic climate change. We can’t undo the damage we have already done and additional climate impacts will develop in the coming years, but we can still keep the earth livable if we act boldly and quickly to phase out fossil fuels and ramp up renewable…

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Miracle Flower

Flower growing out of wall

Flower Growing From My Church Wall, by JoAnne Silvia

 

The wind must have blown fiercely

to lodge the seed between the bricks,

in just the right place where it would not be washed away.

The seed waited for moisture, to release  its life force.

It welcomed the rain flowing down through the channels

and pushed roots into the gritty mortar,

searching for  nourishment

to build the long, bare stem,

reaching up and out with all its strength

to the light,

letting the rain run down its stem

back to the roots.

The single yellow flower at the end of the long stalk

bloomed where it was planted,

living life to the fullest,

a beacon of hope.

 

Peace Will Come

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I know it seems like a long shot sometimes, especially if you watch the news, but there’s a chance peace will come.

Taking a chance with something I’ve seen before, I don’t know where, here’s what’s coming to me:

If we want peace on earth,

That comes from peace among nations,

That comes from peace among neighbors,

That comes from peace within families,

We need to find peace within our own minds

Within our own hearts

One moment at a time,

Creating Peace

Here

&

Now.

Who remembers Melanie?

 https://youtu.be/TCV89EsAac8

This week’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday Post was “piece/peace.” If you’d like to join in the fun, visit:

http://lindaghill.com/2015/04/17/the-friday-reminder-and-prompt-for-socs-april-1815/

Here are the rules:

1. Your post must be stream of consciousness writing, meaning no editing, (typos can be fixed) and minimal planning on what you’re going to write.

2. Your post can be as long or as short as you want it to be. One sentence – one thousand words. Fact, fiction, poetry – it doesn’t matter. Just let the words carry you along until you’re ready to stop.

3. There will be a prompt every week. I will post the prompt here on my blog on Friday, along with a reminder for you to join in. The prompt will be one random thing, but it will not be a subject. For instance, I will not say “Write about dogs”; the prompt will be more like, “Make your first sentence a question,” or “Begin with the word ‘The’.”

4. Ping back! It’s important, so that I and other people can come and read your post! For example, in your post you can write “This post is part of SoCS:” and then copy and paste the URL found in your address bar at the top of this post into yours.  Your link will show up in my comments, for everyone to see. The most recent pingbacks will be found at the top.

5. Read at least one other person’s blog who has linked back their post. Even better, read everyone’s! If you’re the first person to link back, you can check back later, or go to the previous week, by following my category, “Stream of Consciousness Saturday,” which you’ll find right below the “Like” button on my post.

6. Copy and paste the rules (if you’d like to) in your post. The more people who join in, the more new bloggers you’ll meet and the bigger your community will get!

7. Have fun!

Fighting Burnout with Gratitude

JoAnne:

After I wrote this, I realized it fit with the theme of “Anything is Possible,” especially the perseverance part.

Originally posted on Loving Me, Too:

face the fire Face in the Fire, by JoAnne Silvia

Most of my complaints about my job are about the “paperwork.” It feels like every time I turn around, there’s another layer. And most of my complaints never leave my head, though my husband gets to empathize with some of them. But even when the complaints are just in my head, after a while, they’re not good for my mental health. So, I remind myself of the things I tell my clients:

Use The Serenity Prayer

Acceptance doesn’t mean you have to like it.

What we focus on gets bigger.

We might not be able to change the system (And do we really want to spend our time on that, right now?), but we CAN change our actions and our attitudes. We can change what we  focus on.

We can work on getting out of the system. (For my clients it’s often the…

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