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SoCS: Precious

Life is precious. So is this post by Mary.

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Precious

Is the congregation of people

under a church’s steeple

in a mosque

praying in a temple

Precious

Are the poor and meek

and technology geek

daughters of the rich

sons of middle class

Precious

Multi-colored range of hues

those whose boundaries refuse

to hate the hateful

or exist with intolerance

Precious

Righteous sinners

lottery winners

the far-flung right

and the liberal left

Precious

Moms, dads, sisters, brothers

grandpa, grandma, plenty of others

family and friends

acquaintances, neighbors

Precious

Wisdom in the elderly

hotshot thinking cleverly

baby in its mother’s arms

tween with a fan-girl crush

Precious

All sizes and shapes

superheroes with capes

those unable to see

those who struggle to read

Precious

The lost and the found

wanderers who get around

a mystic with spirit

a realist who loves the facts

Precious

The world in large scope

nations perpetuating hope

countries at war

refugees seeking home

Precious

Humanity…

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Find the Precious Moments

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“These are precious times.”

“What? Are you crazy? We got hurricanes, wars, divided nations from extreme attention getting radials dividing us. We got all kinds of sh*t going on. Have you watched the news?”

“I try not to.”

“Well you can’t just stick your head in the sand.”

“I watch the news some, or read some things, but if I watch too much news, I just feel too much despair. The news is lopsided you know. There are good things going on they don’t tell you.”

“Right.”

“All that bad stuff is true. Well, maybe not all of it. But there are precious moments intermingled. We just have to look for them, or to see them when they are right there in front of our eyes. Have you noticed how blue the sky is since the last hurricane?

“Yes. And it’s finally cooled off some. That’s nice, but, well, I’ll think about it.”

“I’m going to go look at the sky and feel the cool air. I’m going for a walk. Wanna come?”

“Yeah, I guess so.”

“And we’re not going to talk about politics.”

“Okay. I’ll try. What about religion and aliens?”

“Maybe. But lets just look for the flowers, or fall leaves, and notice that the mosquitoes are not attacking as fiercely.”

….

I didn’t know this was going to be a dialog. I think that last part was because I’m planning to go to the mountains to see my son this weekend. He put something on Facebook about having a lot of family come visit and not talking about politics. I’m all for that. But sometimes we like to talk about religion and aliens. Mostly I want to go hiking and see my son and grand kids.

I was bummed out yesterday because I wasn’t feeling well – sinus infection or allergies, maybe a mild cold – lots of things blooming since the hurricane. Plus my daughter was having a crisis, but that seems to be stabilizing a little. Her whole apartment complex, like many in Wilmington, is closing down due to mold and water damage, etc. She has options and a temporary plan, but apartments and hotels are extremely scarce. This will make her stronger, I keep telling myself. God’s got this. Every crisis eventually stabilizes.

Look for the precious moments and patches of blue sky. I’m feeling better today. Rest, vitamins, echinacea, and lots of fluids have helped. It’s going to be okay.

Sending prayers to the people in Florida who’s homes have been destroyed and who have lost family and friends. To people all over the world who face challenges they do not think they can ever recover from. I’m asking angels to comfort you and bring precious moments of peace.

Today’s prompt for the Saturday Stream of Consciousness was: “precious.”

For more precious posts, visit our precious host, Linda, at:

https://lindaghill.com/2018/10/12/the-friday-reminder-and-prompt-for-socs-oct-13-18/

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. I will post the prompt here on my blog every 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,” “Begin with the word ‘The,’” or will simply be a single word to get you started.

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. NOTE: Pingbacks only work from WordPress sites. If you’re self-hosted or are participating from another host, such as Blogger, please leave a link to your post in the comments below.

5. Read at least one other person’s blog who has linked back their post. Even better, read all of them! 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 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. As a suggestion, tag your post “SoCS” and/or “#SoCS” for more exposure and more views.

8. Have fun!


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Good News Tuesday: Peace Prize, New Power, and A Push

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Nobel Peace Prize Winners

The 2018 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to two courageous people who help survivors of sexual assault and work to end its use as a weapon. Watch the video below about “the man who mends women” and the woman who survived sexual slavery.

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Solar Phoenix Rising at Chernobyl

Earlier this month a new solar farm was launched “on the  site of the worst nuclear disaster in history.”  Click the link below for the story.

https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/three-decades-after-nuclear-disaster-historic-new-solar-farm-is-launched/

Transportation Dilemma Solved

The wheel chair battery was dead. The woman was stranded. She didn’t want to leave her only means of transportation, and they couldn’t get the chair in the car. But this deputy solved the problem using a direct approach.

 

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Saint Francis Tames a Ferocious Wolf

Re-posting one of my favorite stories about my favorite saint.

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St Francis and the Wolf of Gubbio

(An imaginary letter  from 13th Century Gubbio, Italy)

My Dear Sister,

As you may remember from my previous letters, there has a been a dangerous wolf terrorizing Gubbio. The large wolf has been seen stealing sheep and goats, and has even taken away small children as well as grown men, or so I have been told. Yesterday, Friar Francis of Assisi, who has been a guest in Gubbio for some time, amazed us all by taming the vicious beast.

The wolf was outside the city walls chasing some sheep, as men gathered with pitchforks, rocks and slings to try to chase the wolf away. Our beloved Francis intervened and asked them to wait. The brave friar walked toward the wolf who snarled viciously and then charged at him with his mouth open. We could see the white of the wolf’s teeth from the city walls.

Then Francis made the sign…

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One-Liner Wednesday: What if….

What if this darkness is not the darkness of the tomb, but the darkness of the womb?”     _ Valarie Kaur

 

I discovered this question in the powerful Ted Talk shared in one of Brad’s Awesome Stories.

I first watched this Ted Talk a few months ago.  After watching it again last night, I wondered if I have abandoned my post. (I’ve always sometimes felt guilty when I’m not trying to save the world.) Yet, I’m posting this video and that’s gotta count for something. I’ve just withdrawn a bit to tend to my own needs and family, though tomorrow I am helping a friend. Today I am loving myself – tending the womb. When the time comes, my love will be ready for others and my opponents.

One-Liner Wednesday is brought to you by Linda G. Hill.

For more information, visit:

https://lindaghill.com/2018/09/26/one-liner-wednesday-clippity-clop/

Here are the rules which we don’t always follow:

1. Make it one sentence.

2. Try to make it either funny or inspirational.

3. Use our unique tag #1linerWeds.

4. Add our lovely badge to your post for extra exposure!

5. Have fun!

 


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Awesome Stories 379

I can always use some reminders of these things. Some have become a habit, others need attention. Thanks, Brad!

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This week Awesome Stories brings you some homegrown wisdom.

Brad's Tips, Awesome Stories Me in the Colorado Rocky Mountains in the mid-90s.

I actually created these tips over 25 years ago. Although I know many of these ideas, I don’t live them as well as I would like to. Which reminds me that although many of us have lots of good ideas and information, our real transformation only happens when we embody those ideas with integrated action.

BRAD’S TIPS FOR A BETTER LIFE

1- Simplify your life by doing less and focusing on what you most value and enjoy.

2- Practice loving kindness to all life, including the planet.

3- Think happy thoughts.

4- Frequently commune with your spiritual source.

5- Enjoy fresh air and exercise daily.

6- Drink plenty of good, pure water every day.

7- Eat simple, whole, natural foods, including live foods daily.

8- Reduce your intake of processed foods, sugar…

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Good News Tuesday: Feeling Thankful after the Hurricane

When you have no electricity, the moon shines brighter.

IMG_1021.JPGI’m writing this Monday afternoon  on  my little phone while I charge it in the car so don’t know how this unedited photo looks. But I was so excited to see the moon a couple nights ago. Even though we don’t have electricity, my family home had no damage and Hurricane Florence is gone. I’m saddened by the loss of life, human and otherwise. I’m thankful that so many have come here to help.

We found a restaurant open yesterday evening. There was a line waiting out the door. They were extremely busy because so few places were open. Same  thing today except the line was even longer. But every where we we’ve been since the hurricane, people have been patient, polite, and quietly friendly – thankful to be safe and to have something to eat in a place with  air conditioning.

I’d like to share a good news story from the larger media. Let’s see if I can do that.

https://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/article218476620.htm

I don’t know if it worked as my phone is very slow. It’s a story about someone rescuing animals from rising water. Please don’t leave your pets in a disaster. Make arrangements. Figure it out.

But this is Good News Tuesday, so let me end by saying THANK YOU to all the many helpers!

The faithful moon came out again this evening and peeked between the treetops. Maybe it will light up the backyard.

 

I miss reading your posts and look forward to catching up eventually. In the meantime, I’m thankful for your prayers and good thoughts and thankful too for moonlight, sunlight, gentle breezes, candles, peanut butter, and a place to call home.

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