As I sit here, I am reviewing some of the writings of my life. There are words, and poems, and songs. There are tidbits and stories. It is hard to save them all and yet more difficult to destroy. I often reflect on how much of my life will be lost to the hazards of time?
Will we have made a difference as a result of the journey?
Will we have touched some people meaningfully?
I believe many of us ask these questions as we grow older.
Perhaps it is a question we ask should we ever become wiser.
Who did you see in the crowd today? Did you see a familiar looking face? Someone you know, or someone you knew years ago? I saw a familiar face in the crowd the other day. Someone I knew very well. It’s not that I hadn’t seen him the crowd in many days or years. It wasn’t that I remembered him from past employment or from school or college.
It was the frown. It was that tired look. It was the “off to work again” look. I turned a bit and saw my own face reflected in a store window. It was the same face. Where did the energy go? I look harder now for the happy face. The, “I’m in love with today face.” I guess it has to start with me.
Be the familiar face that causes people to smile and not frown. Lighting up your little corner of the world lights up other’s corners. And then, when you see your reflection in the mirror, you smile too. Make today a place of familiar faces, happy and blessed ones.
I believe we all have a need to belong. Whether a family, a city, a nation, a school, a group. Belonging is a very human need and it is difficult to comprehend “GOD” or similar as a group to belong to. As much as groups profess the ease with which such belonging is granted, until you can visibly and physically feel that sensory contact, belonging can seem pretty esoteric and too shallow to grasp. The key is what do you feel belonging to makes it so important to you. Sometimes our challenge is to understand how our choices affect not just our personal lives, but those of the people we interact with. Positive choices, and positive reactions can determine the success of the value that belonging to this or that provides.
Is your cup half empty or half full? As a proponent of unorthodoxy the box needs to be bigger and the assessment more honest. Do your choices put a smile on your face and warm your heart? Would you accept your behavior done to you as you behave toward others? Do unto others as you would have things done unto you will create an environment that fosters a sense of belonging that can offer positive results. Wisdom is the result of being honest with oneself, and open to change oneself when the opportunity is presented. Make no mistake, your positive outlook will not always be reflected by the crowd, be it one or many. The challenge to the unorthodox is to keep extending the hand.
How has change opened your door to a belonging environment? When you review your list of mentors, what examples of that mentorship have moved you to, in turn, mentor others in a similar manner. We impact everyone we come into contact with.
How have your contacts improved you. We could also call these gifts. Have a great day.
Believing is not always seeing. The sense that spirituality brings to your senses allows you to tune in to all the spirits that connect with you periodically and time to time. If you do not believe that, you have not lost someone close, or a pet. That sense that I call HOME I wrote about in October. You can sense the spiritual presence without the physical presence manifesting itself. Animals know when you are in movement, home or away. They move to the door you normally walk in, sit down and wait. We place great emphasis on being well rounded. You can not be well rounded if you can not think outside the box. Spirits live outside the box most of the time…. Learn to be well rounded and you will blend well into Unorthodox Christianity.
A house is not a home.
Home has a tail. It is different than just a house with a bed. You get used to seeing the tail wag and the little body run and grab a toy and bring it to you. You expect it, and anticipate it.
Home has an energy. It demands your attention and smiles, it seems no matter what.
Home requires patience and wants you to lean over and pet me.
Home chases the toy and won’t give it up.
Home loves. In spite of your attitude, your demeanor, your day at work, your bad mood, anger….
Home wants to distract you.
Home requires accountability.
Home is a mirror.
Home wants time.
Home has a water dish and a small mat by the front door.
Home is a face at the gate or in the front window.
Home is a face lick, and a unique stubbornness that says slow down, or speed up.
Home is furniture that moves by itself.
Home comes alive when you drive in the driveway, wakes up when you open the back door.
Home hears the treat jar and the refrigerator open up.
Home says please……and thank you.
Home tries to understand and wants you to be comfortable.
Home asks for nothing special and appreciates everything.
Home does not hate.
Home wags it’s tail at big dogs, little dogs, cats and children.
Home is the center of the universe.
Home knows when your sad and tries to comfort you.
Home thinks your mad at it when your really mad at something else. Home just wants you to be there. At home. Your never lonely at home. Home is a sacred place with treasures.
Home is where your heart is.
Home is where GOD hangs out.
Home likes little things…
Home goes with you when you take it.
Home makes any place home, and lights up wherever it is at.
Home is a place you want to get to, remember, and care about.
Home isn’t perfect. You can’t stay mad at home.
You miss home…….
dennis wheeler 10-28-14