It’s the last day of 2015. I’m sitting here watching the top 100 baseball plays of the year and can’t believe that there are no plays by Bryce Harper and the Nats so far in the list. A record breaking, MVP season for Bryce and not one highlight in the top 100. Hmmmm. Obviously, the MLB Network and I have very different criteria and perspectives regarding what’s “good baseball.” And as I reflect more on that idea, it becomes clear to me that this is a truth in so many areas of my world. My perspective on “things” is often diff
By the beginning of April I’d had three visits to the Infectious Disease specialist, blood tests, and a comprehensive stool test which was sent to a different laboratory than the previous test, all of which came back normal. The ID doc said she'd tested me for everything it could possibly be and then some. So, apparently, my troubleshooting powers were failing me for the first time and it wasn’t an infection. I chalked up my progress to a fluke and went off the natural antibiotics and loosened up on the SCD diet, allowing some sugar and bread here and there.
I had just started a brand new job a month and a half prior (in September, 2013). I was working out of my house for a web development agency in another state. It was the job I’d been dreaming of for several years and I was incredibly excited. I got up in the morning, ran a 5-mile hilly route with my pup and was pleased with how easy it felt. I was training for a marathon and was seeing progress in my level of fitness. I got a shower and ate breakfast and then headed upstairs and got to work for the day.
I’m on a journey...a journey I started two years ago. I call it my “concentrated life”...as in the condensing of learning and change that would normally occur over the period of many years into a shorter time period. It makes things very intense. Let me explain.
One of my favorite carols is I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day – the poem by Longfellow set to music. In his poem, Longfellow captures the despair and the hope of a world at war – an individual in pain because of personal loss. He wrote this poem in 1864 – the Civil War was raging – His son had been injured in battle – His wife had died in a fire. The world around him was not a peaceful place! And yet through all of this pain and despair, he found the Source of All Things – He heard the bells pealing peace – reconciliation – forgiveness.
Georgiana Tree West, the founder of Unity Center of Practical Christianity in New York City, wrote the book, Prosperity’s Ten Commandments, that has been used by many a Unity minister over the years to help folks understand our way of seeing and living prosperity principles. I would like to share a paragraph from her discussion of the 4th Prosperity Commandment --Thou shalt let go and let God do it. (I have taken the liberty of updating some of the language. My words are in italics.)
In October, 2014, the board members found a Toad on the first night of the retreat and found the meaning and message of that Toad had special significance for us during the weekend. This year, Board members gathered on the weekend of October 23-25 to plan for our coming year. On her drive to the retreat, Rev Toni saw a beautiful blue heron in flight and took that as another sign for the Board and our meeting:
Here is one of the descriptions of Heron as a spiritual totem:
“The conception and birth of Jesus, as recorded by Luke, conceals and, to the spiritually wise, reveals a soul principle that will save man from death. That Principle, represented by Mary [his mother], is love.