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

Thursday, March 5, 2020

just accept (and welcome)

Because one believes in oneself, one doesn't try to convince others. Because one is content with oneself, one doesn't need others' approval. Because one accepts oneself, the whole world accepts him or her.
                                                                        Lao Tzu

In this place
Where so many gather

older people
moving a bit slower these days

people driving “mobility devices”

young people moving with ease

people, thin and athletic
people carrying a lot of weight
and everything in better

MAGA shirts
Bernie shirts
Disney shirts
Rock band shirts

Brown people
Black people
White people
Asian people

All crowded together

a plethora of languages

one wonders at their stories
and sometimes one presumes

it is so easy to make assumptions
about ideology
or lifestyle
or religion

one could even judge
that person dressed this way or that

the person struggling with weight issues

the person shoving through the throngs
with no seeming concern for others

but seriously

why not just accept?
Why not assume the best?
Why not welcome
Each person

As a fellow traveler
With their own story
Their our challenges
And hurts
And joys
And hopes

Why minimize?
Or diminish?

We know what that looks like
We know what that feels like

And, perhaps, we know where it comes from
It comes from that place of deficit

Where we do not accept our own value
Or power

If we really understood our own worth
If we really had sense of our own power

We would not have any need
to stand aside
to stand aloof

and evaluate

if we were ground in our
own place as a precious soul
a child of God

we would never, ever
need to do anything
but see how precious that other person is

there would be no need to evaluate
demand merit

there would be no motivation
to assert power
to bully
to demean

there would be no need
even in the secrecy of our own hearts and souls
to make ourselves “bigger”
by making others “smaller”

an inability to accept others
a failure to see their value
and treat them with kindness and compassion

comes out of the bankruptcy of our own souls

We have too many people
Who have thin souls
Too many people in power
Living out that thinness
And doing immeasurable harm

We need more “plump” souls
People who know they are loved
(by God and by others)

And who live out their self-acceptance
And self-worth

By accepting
And believing in others

Truly we do

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