If you can see your path laid out in front of you step by step, you know it’s not your path. Your own path you make with every step you take. That’s why it’s your path.-—Joseph Campbell

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Rule of Love

Anne Lamott’s newest book, Hallelujah Anyway, quotes Mark Yaconelli,.

“Anything that leaves you more fearful, more isolated, more disconnected from other people, more full of judgment or self-hatred, is not of God, does not follow the Rule of Love–and you should stop doing it.”

I like that. A lot.

Can I keep this quote in front of me, to call upon when I slip into habits that lead me away from the Rule of Love?

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Love

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To love somebody is not just a strong feeling – it is a decision, it is a judgment, it is a promise.   Erich Fromm

What decision am I making?

Writing Love

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Love. Fall in love and stay in love. Write only what you love, and love what you write. The key word is love. You have to get up in the morning and write something you love, something to live for. — Ray Bradbury

What are you writing today?

The Sweetness of Friendship

A pleasant early spring Friday afternoon at the Mexican restaurant with my mostly retired schoolteacher friends. Two-for-one cold beer, chips and five kinds of salsa, large platters of appetizers.   Confessions of our early mothering, a few laughs over the grandiose plans of others we once had, struggles with the bureaucracy of Medicare.  A former student, now lawyer, sits at a nearby table. The dining room fills with college students in shorts and sundresses. Later in the parking lot we share a couple last jokes, future plans, and tomato plants from the back of Grace’s van.

In the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter, and sharing of pleasures. For in the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed.  Khalil Gibran

Wishing to be friends is quick work, but friendship is a slow ripening fruit.  Aristotle

Friendship marks a life even more deeply than love. Love risks degenerating into obsession, friendship is never anything but sharing.   Elie Wiesel

Mother Nurture

mothernatureMicah 6:8

8 He has told you, O mortal, what is good;

and what does the Lord require of you

but to do justice, and to love kindness,

and to walk humbly with your God?

Listening to God

We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature – trees, flowers, grass- grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence… We need silence to be able to touch souls.  Mother Teresa

I believe in God, but not as one thing, not as an old man in the sky. I believe that what people call God is something in all of us. I believe that what Jesus and Mohammed and Buddha and all the rest said was right. It’s just that the translations have gone wrong.  John Lennon 

That deep emotional conviction of the presence of a superior reasoning power, which is revealed in the incomprehensible universe, forms my idea of God.   Albert Einstein

Someday, after mastering the winds, the waves, the tides and gravity, we shall harness for God the energies of love, and then, for a second time in the history of the world, man will have discovered fire.  Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

A close friend shares a meaningful experience she believes was the voice of God. It is not my experience, but I can hear hers. How do you listen for God?

Love After Love

Love After Love

The time will come
when, with elation
you will greet yourself arriving
at your own door, in your own mirror
and each will smile at the other’s welcome,

and say, sit here. Eat.
You will love again the stranger who was your self.
Give wine. Give bread. Give back your heart
to itself, to the stranger who has loved you

all your life, whom you ignored
for another, who knows you by heart.
Take down the love letters from the bookshelf,

the photographs, the desperate notes,
peel your own image from the mirror.
Sit. Feast on your life.

Listening to Learn

Learning to Listen

Listening for Lessons

A Teacher and her Writing Practice

Writing Is My Drink

slake your thirst; find your voice

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