Friday, 9 March 2012

Greet this day with love

Henceforth, I will look upon all things with love and I will be born again.
I will love the sun for it warms my bones;
yet I will love the rain for it cleanses my spirit.
I will love the light for it shows me the way;
yet I will love the darkness for it shows me the stars.
I will welcome happiness because it enlarges my heart;
yet I will endure sadness because it opens my soul.
I will acknowledge rewards because they are my due;
yet I will welcome obstacles because they are my challenge.
I will greet this day with love in my heart.

-The Scroll Marked II by Og Mandino

Sunday, 4 March 2012

Keep believing?

Well let's just say that I just saw something unpleasant on Facebook, which I can't get out of my mind. I believe this is the negative excess of social media that the wise old folks often try to point out: you see something online, something that in real life would be counted as completely trivial or unimportant, but since soc med lack general bodily expressions and contexts, your mind is forced to take it raw and suddenly you become preoccupied with one sentence, one word, even one disturbing smiley.

Okay one piece of advice I heard some time ago is that, don't be so quick to judge anything online. Online stuff can be easily manipulated, so we should just trust the real thing. Well I wish I could take that as a golden rule. But the problem is, for some people soc med are so much integrated into their lives that you know whatever they say or do online could be a very honest reflection of what they would say or do offline. So when you see them saying or doing something that stings your heart, you know, though maybe you can't articulate how, that it is no joke, at all. And this is further complicated by the fact that I haven't seen this person again since 2010. That was our first meeting and I hope won't be the last.

Should I continue to trust this person based on what I see online? Or should I let go? I'm not even sure how much I know this person now. I thought I knew enough, but maybe I was wrong. Because I've seen two or three similarly unsettling things from that person, also online, I chose to deny and kept believing and it has worked. Now I'm starting to fear that this could be the end.

So is it foolish to always pray for the person's happiness and safety, and to trust like a little kid, when there's really no physical, tangible evidence that that person cares for me as much, except for that whispering voice in the gut? Oh wait, maybe that's just borborygmi after all.

Saturday, 3 March 2012

Welcoming Lent

It's the Lenten season. Lent is supposed to be about repentance, prayer, and generally trying to be a better Christian, trying to be closer to God (I know, I know, Yoda says: "Do, or do not. There is no try.")

So I'm dedicating this week's photo, my own favorite rosary, to the people of God.

Joel 2:12-14
Yet even now, says the Lord,
Return to me with all your heart,
With fasting, with weeping, and with mourning;
Rend your hearts and not your clothing.
Return to the Lord, your God,
for he is gracious and merciful,
slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love,
and relents from punishing.
Who knows whether he will not turn and relent,
and leave a blessing behind him,
a grain-offering and a drink-offering
for the Lord, your God?