This blog is late.
Anyone who knows me well knows that I can be a bit compulsive about punctuality. I have a good excuse though. I fell in a woodchuck hole and damaged my ankle and knee. My week was consumed with limping from one doctor to another and setting up surgery for next week. I am behind in my blog topics.
But the universe provides!
Practice What You Preach
I opened my email to find a poetic offering from local poet Cindy Day (Bepko). Cindy is currently involved in a three year program at the Downtown Writers Center in Syracuse. The book length manuscript she is working on uses poetry as a Strategy of the Spirit. Her poems capture the arc of recovery from the addicted (False Self) to the awakening of the spiritual self (True Self). This is "the hero's journey" for everyone, whether substance addictions are present or not.
I particularly liked the following poem because it keeps the finger pointed firmly where it belongs: on our own behavior. Are we practicing what we preach? Are we aware that "spirituality is better caught than taught?" What kind of example do we set? There is hope. As long as we are alive we are still powerful role models for our children and those around us. They are watching, no matter how old they are. Whatever you are doing, you are teaching them about the possibility of transformation across the lifespan. We can all live and learn.
Thank You Cindy!
Freedom from Self #12
We skinny kids, we thought we were Brando, he was real. I got on back of his motorcycle. I wrapped my arms
around him, his old shirt. He raced me over an open field deep in Connecticut in high summer. We flew
over centuries of fakery, it was all bullshit to us. I’ll never laugh like that again. Next day Dad came out to get me
but it was too late. He looked like death in his suit. He was death scolding me all the way home: my selfishness
he called it, my inconsiderateness. This boy, he said, is not for you. And he was right as it turned out;
he was to be right in years to come about other boys, yet could not see that rightness was no virtue in
an unhappy man.
A good example is the best sermon, and great incentive to learn how to be happier in your own life. Are you living so that people can say I want what she's having!? What will you do this week to begin to make that true for yourself?