Feed The People

It’s Thanksgiving time here in the US, time to feed the people again. Perhaps the most American of holidays, at least we try to make it that way. Everyone has things to be thankful for, everyone should have the opportunity to feast a little for the holiday.Everyone has things to be thankful for, everyone should have the opportunity to feast a little for the holiday.

Food drives to provide Thanksgiving meals, these happen all over the country. Generous people helping others, it’s one of the most heartwarming, and hands-on way to connect with others, if only through a little charity.

And so right here at home, here’s how it goes, Thanksgiving food boxes for 150 families. Via the Cupertino DeAnza Lions Club. GOOD.

Local donation location this year, COVID-Friendly, rather than store front
Garage Become Sort Center
Delivery Rig

The Pace

The pace, the race, what does it all mean? What’s the intent, the destination, when does it end?

Put ourselves into these conditions, circumstances, situations, often chosen, sometimes not.

The very reason, purpose, to move forward, go forward, live, be, do. We only get one go, make the most, mostly in, ready. But times not, and then what? The angst, the pit, it uncertainty, certainly difficult at times.

The pace sometimes a bit too quick, unexpected; or maybe it’s the anticipated, what’s expected, that’s the cause. Don’t fear the pace, it has its place.

And so, Live, Be, Do, how about you? Why are you in, here? It’s the very purpose, intent, be intentional, much we can do, so let’s do.

Lyrics Post: “Better Way”

The first time I heard this song I was inspired. The words encourage, fortify. The music builds, layered, energized. Let it fill you, spur you on.

BETTER WAY

“I’m a living sunset

Lightning in my bones

Push me to the edge

But my will is stone

Fools will be fools

And wise will be wise

But i will look this world

Straight in the eyes

What good is a man

Who won’t take a stand

What good is a cynic

With no better plan

Reality is sharp

It cuts at me like a knife

Everyone i know

Is in the fight of their life

Take your face out of your hands

And clear your eyes

You have a right to your dreams

And don’t be denied

I believe in a better way”

Written by Ben Harper

Special Post: Hamlet’s Soliloquy, Act I, Scene ii

Written some 500 years ago, learned personally in an English Lit class some 40 years ago.

This from none other than William Shakespeare. As profiled in Wikipedia, “An English playwright, poet, and actor, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world’s greatest dramatist. He is often called England’s national poet and the “Bard of Avon.”

And so this stream of conscious spoken aloud early in the play, how tortured our man Hamlet is, setting the stage for what’s to come. The dude was decidedly NOT happy.

“O, that this too too solid flesh would melt Thaw and resolve itself into a dew!

Or that the Everlasting had not fix’d

His canon* ‘gainst self-slaughter! O God! God! How weary, stale, flat and unprofitable,

Seem to me all the uses of this world!

Fie on’t! ah fie! ’tis an unweeded garden,

That grows to seed; things rank and gross in nature Possess it merely. That it should come to this!

But two months dead: nay, not so much, not two:

So excellent a king; that was, to this,

Hyperion* to a satyr; so loving to my mother

That he might not beteem* the winds of heaven

Visit her face too roughly. Heaven and earth!

Must I remember? why, she would hang on him,

As if increase of appetite had grown

By what it fed on: and yet, within a month–

Let me not think on’t–Frailty, thy name is woman!– A little month, or ere* those shoes were old

With which she follow’d my poor father’s body,

Like Niobe (1), all tears:–why she, even she–

O, God! a beast, that wants* discourse of reason, Would have mourn’d longer–married with my uncle, My father’s brother, but no more like my father

Than I to Hercules (2): within a month:

Ere yet the salt of most unrighteous tears

Had left the flushing in her galled* eyes,

She married. O, most wicked speed, to post

With such dexterity to incestuous sheets!

It is not nor it cannot come to good:

But break, my heart; for I must hold my tongue.”

1 A mythological figure who when her children were killed.

2A mythological hero of great strength.

130 *law

135

139 *the sun god

*allow

145 *before

*lacks

151

*inflamed 156

Special Thanks to Cecil Criger for the intro all those years ago.

Reset

First a few more headlines from yesterday…then the reset at the bottom.

San Franciso
New York
Philly
Miami (FL)
Ottawa
Winnipeg
London

And most important…IMMEDIATELY…announcements and initial information regrading the Biden Administration’s priorities.

RESET.

1/ COVID-19

2/ Economic Recovery

3/ Racial Equality

4/ Climate Change

Continuum

It’s been a tough year. It’s been a tough four years. Well that’s ok.

Sometimes life is more peaches and cream; sometimes life is easy and comfortable. But often times, life is difficult. It’s hard. It’s tough. And I’ll say it again:

That’s ok.

A lot of the policies and attitudes and decisions that have played out with the majority in the American federal government. I’m not a fan of extremism, not a fan of rancor, failed discourse, and all related.

As we stretch and ease into the results of this year’s elections, I find solace in the continuum of democracy. I believe in that continuum. I believe in the fluidity of progress and expansion of rational, moderate thought.

“Let the math and the facts lead the way,” I heard one pundit comment. Let that be so in determining the election results.

And let that be so as the continuum progresses. Let the voices be heard. ALL voices. And then let the people decide. Let us decide what direction, what decisions, what we might realize through self-determination.

Let it be so.

A Simple Message

I did. If you’re 18 or older, you can do. Do what? VOTE.

Here in the United States, today is Election Day. And so if you can, vote.

About 100 million eligible voters have already voted. There are about 255 million Americans who could vote.

DO SO.

Even if you’re not registered, you might be able to vote, depending on the state you live in.

BOTTOM LINE: VOTE.

All Saints Day

Deep dive into spiritual practice? Not sure how deep, but yep, let’s go.

These two most often come to mind when I think about saints: Ignatius of Loyola, and Francis of Assisi. They’re my two guys.

I pray frequently, daily really; sometimes multiple times a day; sometimes constantly it seems. Depends on what’s happening in my life.

Since adolescence, prayer has been fundamental to my coping, a mechanism for personal growth, the channel for overall well- being.

When I pray I’m basically talking directly to God. And so I don’t really pray to saints for intercession. Some folks believe in this practice; it’s not so much my thing. I just talk to God.

That said, I do think about how saints lived, and what I can learn from them.

These people, simply humans like us, who have been elevated by other believers (The Church) as more perfect examples of how to live, how to be.

I think about what these people called “saints” did with their lives, and therein seek inspiration, a spark, some way forward.

It’s like studying history for me; it’s history laced with spiritual power and inspiration.

And these two are my guys: Ignatius and Francis.

Ignatius I learned about first. He lived in the 16th century. His spiritual practice, his leadership, his focus on education, these all inspired me. Still do.

And Francis before him, some three hundred years earlier in the 13th century, he inspires me too. His selflessness, his simplicity, his love and his devotion to Jesus.

Much to learn, much to be inspired by.

The Pope (who chose “Francis” as his Papal Name) had this to say today via Twitter:

“Choosing purity, meekness and mercy; choosing to entrust oneself to the Lord in poverty of spirit and in affliction; dedicating oneself to justice and peace – this means going against the current. This evangelical path was trodden by #AllTheSaints and Blesseds. #GospelOfTheDay”

So on All Saints Day, I share this simple insight. And if you’re ever looking for inspiration, consider the these people called “saints.”

Pick a saint that appeals to you, read the history, consider him or her as the person, what their life was about, their story. What might you learn?

And be inspired.

BE INSPIRED.

Ignatius — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ignatius_of_Loyola?wprov=sfti1

Francis — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Francis_of_Assisi?wprov=sfti1