America.

A troika of good came together last evening that I’ve just got to share.

I was in between the end-of-workday and an evening meeting.  I had enough time for a couple tacos, then a stop at a local watering hole; might call it a dive bar. there were about twenty people living life when I walked in.

Meanwhile, 3,000 miles away, the Democratic National Convention is happening.  The politicians are talking. The media’s trying to tell the story. The Big Fight is coming which will determine who lives in the White House for the next four years.

I sit on my bar stool and think, “I love America.”

There’s a ton of global shit going down — economic struggles, ISIS, poverty, murderous conflicts, climate change, suffering, hunger, human migration, etc. — yet these peeps around me in this bar are just trying to get by. Take a bit of time and enjoy a little.  You know, live.  Which we all have to do.

Of course this “living” is going down in everywhere around the world, in hundreds of languages and settings, all the time.  People trying to enjoy life a little, be happy, have a laugh, a drink, a smoke, a lay. EVERYWHERE.

But somehow it feels like here in America, we have a little better chance. Maybe it’s the plenty, the roads, the systems, the weather, the safety, the reliable utilities.

Whatever you say it is, I say it’s freedom, and cold beer, and opportunity, and a basic good. And I’m damn lucky to be here.  And I’m grateful.

So I finished my drink, and headed off to my evening meeting, a regular gathering of old friends.  That rounded out my troika:  tasty tacos, a little reflection time over a beer in a cool place, and then connecting with friends.  One, Two, Three.  GOOD.

Like America.

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Serenity NOW

Known as the “Serenity Prayer”, it’s well known in many circles of folks that are people of faith.   Most often you see the first stanza only…but the whole thing is quite good too.

Written by American theologian Reinhold Niebuhr in the early part of the 20th century, these words have provided a foundation for many during turbulent, difficult times.

“God, give me grace to accept with serenity
the things that cannot be changed,
Courage to change the things
which should be changed,
and the Wisdom to distinguish
the one from the other.
Living one day at a time,
Enjoying one moment at a time,
Accepting hardship as a pathway to peace,
Taking, as Jesus did,
This sinful world as it is,
Not as I would have it,
Trusting that You will make all things right,
If I surrender to Your will,
So that I may be reasonably happy in this life,
And supremely happy with You forever in the next.
Amen.”

Amen AMEN.

 

The Power of Silence

The power of silence can cannot be overstated. For some of us it’s harder than for others. The effect can be a devastating tool for good.

Consider serious conversation. Consider talking with your spouse, your kid, your employee, your boss. Make your case and then be quiet. See where it leads.

Want a second, similarly powerful tool? It’s called “patience”, and can be applied with equal effect. In fact, in goes hand in glove with silence, often times. After all, the more patient you are with outcomes, the easier it is to sit with situations and allow them to play out.

Practice both of these skills. You’ll be surprised by the results, and the peace they can afford you when honed properly.

Hiatus

I’ve been off the blog grid mostly for the past few weeks. Not sure exactly why. Life’s been pretty busy for a while and I’ve managed to get posts in regularly before.

For some reason lately I’ve lost track of the snippets of time I’d previously done the writing. I’m sure the pendulum’s string will swing back at some point.

Until then I’ll keep the jottings collected, and share what and when I can.

Like today, from a little hideout with the family. Enjoy your weekend.

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