Primitive religion is not believed, it is danced!

Arthur Darby Nock

Earth's crammed with heaven,
And every common bush afire with God;
And only he who sees takes off his shoes;
The rest sit round it and pluck blackberries.

Elizabeth Browning

Sunday, January 4, 2015

How to Make God Laugh

Want to make God laugh?
Show God your Plans
                Bumper Sticker (quoted in Perseverance, Margaret Wheatley)


do you realize how little we actually control?
Life is “essentially uncontrollable” (Wheatley)

True, we can control what we put in our mouths
what we eat and drink
we can control our thoughts
our responses
even to some degree our actions and reactions

but life happens
and the only control we really have is how
as we experience a particular moment
we feel about, think about, and then respond to that moment

then the world is on to whatever it
is going to do next
and it doesn’t even ask us for permission

being able to understand that our feelings are our feelings
we choose them
and our thoughts (which comes first the thought or the feeling)
which go with those feelings are also ours
give us out point of focus

I am slowly learning that this is where my energy needs to go
not in the futile effort to control every thing
but in the important effort to understand my own thoughts and feelings
and to understand how those realities, which are my realities, I have created them
are driving my choices, and shaping my moments

as has been noted
“if we learn to control ourselves, the entire world around us changes” (Wheatley, 2010, p. 107)

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