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My Home

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Being at home in my self

The home in which I live
Is simple and clean,
Most of the time, that is.
If you’re living at all,
You know what I mean:
There are always improvements,
Chores to be done;
Rearranging of furniture,
Fixing this thing and that one…
It seems something is always amiss!

I’ve learned to be at peace
In this home of mine.
Most of the time, that is.
If you’re being at all,
We are of one mind:
There is always new learning,
Wounds to be healed,
Discoveries of every nature,
Knowing how to love and feel;
Such is being at home like this.

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DO A NEW THING

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The holidays are coming; in fact, they’re just about upon us.

For so many, this is anything but good news:

Memories of pain, sorrow and dread fill our minds, from the parent who was too drunk to take part in festivities to the one who acted in rage and violence…or violation; presents that never appeared under the Christmas tree because…

Disappointment, pain, grief and  anger color every attempt at celebration.

I have a challenge for you:  Set fresh expectations and do something completely new this year:  Something that brings out the best in your life.  If doing the traditional family thing feels more like a charade than authenticity, go in a different direction, such as helping at a shelter, singing in a choir, planning an outing…

Perhaps you will choose to have family gather.  Do that differently as well.  Instead of being the one to cook the whole meal, have everyone bring a favorite hors d’oeuvre or part of the meal.

Most important, ponder the importance and meaning of a holiday for yourself; then make your celebration fit.  There is absolutely nothing, written, spoken or implied, that says you have to do what your parents did.

Thanksgiving is first:  What are you grateful for?  How might you celebrate that?
Then comes Chanukah – the feast of lights.  How have you been sustained in hard times?  How would your gratitude and story be expressed most clearly?
Christmas, the celebration of Jesus’ birth is all about new beginnings:  God’s Son arrived in a dark, hurting world.  How has he come into your life?  What new approach would demonstrate your new ways best?

Then there is New Year’s Day.  For many. that means drinking and partying the night before; for  others, it’s football; still others take time to reflect on the year that has just ended and make resolutions.  I myself don’t put a whole lot of importance on this day.  If I mark it at all, it is as The Feast of the Holy Name – very liturgical, I know.  Personally, I like Epiphany, which is January 6.  IT is the celebration of Jesus as the light to the whole world – that means ussins!

I still explore and try new things during the holiday season.  The most important reason is, I’m still healing, growing and changing.  Things that might have worked a few years ago simply don’t fit now.  I find that experimentation and discovery fit me best.

SOMETHING CALLED LIFE

How can it be
That thoughts and feelings
Can be so old;
Yet so new,
all at the same time?

What is this thing
Called experience,
Familiar
Yet different;
That challenges us so?

Are they blessings
In subtle disguise
To help us grow,
Make us strong;
Part of who we are?

How do we know
That we are choosing
Paths to wholeness
Set for us,
Holding such promise?

Though we don’t see
The work being done
By healing grace,
She builds us,
She’s making us whole.

On this journey
Through something called life,
Hope and wisdom
Go with me
Until I finish.