In the spirit of Mercury in Retrograde, I am resuming my practice of blogging.
This morning. I am reflecting on an insight found in a book gifted to me m=by the author many years ago; Madeleine Kay, in her book, Living Serendipitously…Keeping the Wonder Alive, quotes Leo Buscaglia as saying that most of us are deniers of ourselves. Madeleine relates a story about a young couple who had pinched pennies to the point of becoming “professionally poor.” and finally said “Enough! already.”
Madeleine says we need to send our psyches a message that our lives are full and abundant and that we are worth it. Simple truths and easily applied to specific situations.
In that spirit, I am sending my psyche the message that in spite of my bank account and current financial outlook, I am rich: I live a retreat lifestyle in natural beauty reminiscent of a resort, with time to reflect. All kinds of “re-” words come to mind: repast, recollect, reside, restore, remind, retrieve, recreate, …
I am blessed. I am rich in the earthly gifts that I love best: water, trees, birds, breezes, clouds, sunsets, sunrises, ferns, critters, … on and on.
I choose this.
Nearly two years ago, I posted what ended up being the final article on the original The View from 5022. Soon after, I got hacked…badly…, got fed up with all the struggles, and requested that all my blogs be deleted. I canceled my internet, email, and phone service. When I did, I also lost proof of ‘ownership’ of the blog (which did not get deleted.) No matter. I’m still at 5022 and still viewing the world from this vantage point.
I’ve learned a great deal in the past 2 years; I’ve also un-learned a great deal. My faith is stronger, deeper, and more closely governs my days. My beliefs, however, have evolved and I would no longer write some of the articles I wrote 2 and 3 years ago. Primarily, I have learned that it is not my place to change the world or to fix anyone or anything. But, I will tell you more about that later.
For now, just know it is good to be back on the front porch, watching the birds. Oh, and I now have a couple of plastic water pistols…squirrel sized.
“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.” — Matthew 5:8
“Pursue peace with all men, and the sanctification without which no one will see the Lord.” — Hebrews 12:14