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

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Be good

Waste no more time arguing about what a good man should be. Be one.”
                              Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

Finn is a “good dog”
he learned early on not to get on the furniture
Or chase the deer too far

He learned to sit when a car comes by
And to bring “dad” the ball

I’ve notice that not all dogs are
Quite so well behaved
Nor quite so “happy”

Are they “bad dogs”?

I suspect that with dogs, like horses
The problem is not the dog (or the horse)
But the one who owns them
And works with them….

How they behave is a reflection of how they have been treated
Of love, and kindness,

Perhaps the true is of people too
I remember the line in “Hook”
When the little daughter of Peter Pan
says of the mean, gross, old Captain
“He’s just a mean old man without a mommy”

People are, to a great degree, what others make them

Perhaps the way we influence people become good people
Or at least better people

Is to be good people, better people, ourselves
to be love, an kindness, an compassion and generosity
to be humble, and willing to serve

there is no better evidence that the opposite is also true
that mean, cruel, arrogant, greedy souls
bring forth the same in those around them
that those who not sit in power in our country

so perhaps our energy
dear ones
needs not go, not into changing “them”
but into changing ourselves
into being the kind of people who bring “good” into the world

as always our vulnerability and goodness maybe seen
as weakness

but there is no one so weak as one who must diminish others to feel strong

so let us transform ourselves, by the renewing of our minds
the awakening of our souls
that we may know good
be filled with good (the Sacred)
and be good

(good human, good human)

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