August 6 th, 2007

Next Things

What I wrote last week about the Next Thing coming along is that it always does. That’s why creation is such a challenge – it’s always there to happen and even when anticipated, it’s not expected.

It was an honor and a privilege to witness my youngest daughter Ariel getting her marriage license, knowing that in two weeks (and one day from when I write this) my oldest daughter, Deborah, a Wiccan High Priestess will perform the ceremony. How great is that?! And almost exactly 2 months later, Aliya will be having my 7 th grandchild.

Like most of us with children, raising them leads to great love and having to overcome enormous blunders that threaten – not the love – the relationship. Closeness can be hard fought and sometimes it dwindles.

I think events like this are golden opportunities to express gratitude, appreciation and love. To be forgiving if forgiveness is wanted and to ask for it if it’s needed. It’s the next thing.

Useful Quotes

You never know why or when the next job is coming. I actually like that.
Michael Vartan

The philosophy of the school room in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next.
Abraham Lincoln

Such is the state of life, that none are happy but by the anticipation of change: the change itself is nothing; when we have made it, the next wish is to change again.
Samuel Johnson

In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.
Theodore Roosevelt

Forgiveness is not always easy. At times, it feels more painful than the wound we suffered, to forgive the one that inflicted it.
Marianne Williamson

 Creative Corner

Insights into the Obvious

Working out in the gym, in feel good sweat
unconcerned about the overlapping paunch
I noticed that I do
these exercises and I don't do
those exercises
I further noticed that parts of my body are in
pretty good shape and parts of my body

The insight (snickering discouraged) was
that these
phenomena are connected.
Aha! Lipp's Tips:
What you exercise gets stronger and, oyyy,
what you don't don't.

We must then wonder at why the overhead pull down
and not the underhand lift up;
rejecting this weight, not waiting for that routine;
routinely exercising this way, not that

From this arises an obvious sermonette
metaphoring my exercise
into 'so it is throughout life, grasshopper.....'

Not a bad sermonette, but I particularly noticed
the disappearing from the view of one who
thinks they see...
the ability to cause the 'invisible' to appear.

There is this process of 'getting used to' things;
getting better at them;
becoming accomplished with them...
And, in the process 'wearing' a path of thinking
until it disappears as a path

The obvious exists as an invisible part of our
conversational background.


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