Community (Oct 19th)

Sharing ~ from our community

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Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them; that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.  ~ Lao Tzu


Community ~ Ask & Respond

two roads

FOR CONSIDERATION: “When faced with choices that will lead in very different directions, how do you decide which choice is best for you, in this moment?

 

RESPONSE(S):

§§  Following my heart has not always worked out well for me, so these days I tend to follow my head and make decisions that help me move towards a stable and peaceful retirement. 

§§   I pray, center myself, allow my mind to expand through the possible outcomes — and then watch my inner radar. Many times when I have not wanted to do something and followed my instinct, even if it caused difficulties, it also brought resolution to an issue.

§§  When I am faced with a big choice, I try to make time where I can simply be alone to consider what I should do. I always try to follow a combination of my intuition and my intellect to choose the path that allows me to stay true to myself.

§§   Hmmmm, well, I’m facing such a choice right now. For myself, I rely on my “moral compass”. If the choice I’m facing will create a situation where I feel I compromise my core values, then I usually follow my instincts, they’ve been heavily influenced by my moral teachings. Often times, it takes me on a path that may seem less fun, or less exciting, but typically, in the end, I find my mind, and my heart are at ease, and I usually don’t feel that my life is less by such choices. I feel it’s very personal, how each of us interpret direction, morals, values, and outcomes. For me, I have to look a bit further down the road and weigh how my choices will affect my, and those I love, futures!!

§§   I am ever so patient.  I rarely find that choices need to be made in the timeframe set by the human mind.  Instead, I allow the heart and soul to wander about in order to discover all the tiny crevices surrounding each choice.  And then I wait…wait…wait, and then wait a little longer than I thought possible.  Eventually, I choose.  In the end, I have no regrets about my past, and not because I have made such wonderful choices, sigh, but because I am very good at teasing out the silver lining from within the worst of my decisions, and telling myself it was for the best.  That is probably the best thing in the world to learn, to rationalize your choices into positivity! 🙂  Best of luck!

<<thanks to our dear community for thoughtful and unique responses – such wisdom and beauty!>>


Community ~ Ask & Respond

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FOR CONSIDERATION: “What is true love, for you?”

RESPONSE(S):

§§   For me, true love can be many things. It can be the love I have for a child; the love and gratefulness I have to a long-term companion that I choose to be with and who chooses to be with me; and the love I have for a person who opened my eyes to a whole other world and who ignited a passion in me that I’ve never found again, even though they were only in my life for a short time.

 §§   To me, true love is unconditional. True love is trustworthy, always supportive, and helps those affected become the best they can be.  

§§   True Love is a commitment to stay open, even in difficult times. True Love is knowing that I love the person even when I may hate the situation or circumstances we’re working through. 

§§   Ahh, true love!! We all want it, some of us think we’ve got it, others, (myself), think we’ve had it, but may find out, we’ve never “really” felt it!! My idea of true love is, when I can be me, in my most basic, unimpressive self, and still know my partner is crazy about me!! Likewise, I can see her, in her worst, and still thank my lucky stars, that she’s the one who loves me, and receives love from me!! It can be as small as a good morning note, or doing things that challenge and build each other up. True love is wanting to make your love’s life, just a bit better than it would be without you, and vice versa. It’s edifying them, backing them up, and sometimes, gently as opposed to harshly, disagreeing with them, but respecting their opposing view. I think true love is when two people, care more about the other, than they do about themselves, but still can remain true to their own individual selves and know, that we both are supporting each other in our goals, dreams, and responsibilities!! True love is carrying through on commitments you’ve made, long after the mood has past, that you made the commitments in!!

§§   True Love is the Ocean.  At it’s depth, it is dark and mysterious, full of silence and stillness, a mass of liquid upon which tempests may toss and yet, nothing moves.  Upon it’s surface, it is movement and change, full of light and reflection, a continuous criss-crossing of waves that crash, flow and dance about – fully supported by the solidity of its depths.  Without depth, the surface is chaos, passion and fleeting confusion.  Without surface, the depth is rigid, stagnant and prohibitive of growth.  True Love is the Ocean.  ALL of it.

<<thanks to our dear community for thoughtful and unique responses – such wisdom and beauty!>>


SOAPBOX!

Following are your soapbox thoughts!

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 <<y’all should get on that damn box more often! 🙂 >>

Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.  ~ Rob Siltanen

 


THOUGHTFUL

reading in nature

 

Following are a few thoughtful thoughts to consider:  

  • Do I have a ‘flexible’ system in place in order to make healthy choices?
    • If not, how can I create one?
  • Does fear keep me from making choices that I wish I could/would?
  • Do past choices – that did not turn out as planned – effect the way I choose today?
    • If yes, does my past effect my choices today positively? negatively? wisely?
  • Do I understand my own unique definition of True Love?
  • Do I seek to discover True Love, as defined by me, in all my relationships?
  • Is it possible to find exactly my definition of True Love? 
    • If no, is it necessary to to forgo some of my wishes?
      • If yes, do I understand how to balance my definition of True Love while understanding others and their definition of True Love?
  • Do I feel that both constancy and change are vital aspects to creating True Love?
    • If yes, do I understand how to offer both constancy and change in my relationships?

meditation of love
All blessings and tinkling bells of honey to your heart.

 

 

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