Monday, September 28, 2009
Mystery And Manners
Once at a faculty development day, I heard a speaker say that the reason transitions are hard is because you must let go of all your props. His example was Linus from Peanuts -- the worst part is when the blanket is being washed and dried and you must let go, take it on faith that all will be well. I took this to heart, being a person who gets very nervous when jarred from a routine. I didn't get my first stomach ulcer at five because I was well-adjusted. I had the imagination of disaster and the hubris to imagine that enough internal suffering could somehow ward it off. Boy, that worked out. My entire life is a testament to the efficacy of such a belief.
There are certain prayers I pray a lot -- my favorite perhaps is the confession that I don't have faith, but I have enough faith that I trust God will give me the faith I need. Nutty, huh? Again, I didn't become a Catholic because I see God in a simple straight-forward way. I once read that God sees you as you see God. My mother used to laugh and say, I don't have any idea how you became both so traditional and so revolutionary. But I suppose we all contain multitudes, hating to see the border recede, hanging onto what we know until mystery subsumes us and we are left in the middle of it.
Michelle's Spell of the Day
“Never assume the obvious is true.” William Safire
Drinking snack suggestion: Still working on pictures -- I don't cook so it's taking some time.
Benedictions and Maledictions