Today, the Sunday after Thanksgiving is supposed to be the busiest travel day of the year in the U.S. People are leaving their Thanksgiving celebration destinations after time spent with family, friends and significant others. We are traveling by car, airplane, bus, train, RV and by foot and by bicycle. Despite, traffic jams, canceled flights, standing-room-only trains, one thing is certain, we are, most of us, sure of our destinations. We will get where we are going at least in the physical sense. Home. For some, however, the journey never ends, There are folks who never arrive mentally and spiritually anywhere. They are constantly in motion. They are always going, doing, emailing, using Social Media, directing, worrying, moving, gossipping. Stopping or even slowing down is not part of their inner journey. Peace for them is a foreign destination. Their road to inner harmony is roadblocked or delayed by their need for constant excitement. Often, they offer you a ride or a free ticket to join them in their insanity. Don’t get on that plane! Don’t join folks on the journey to nowhere. Wherever you travel, you can choose peace as your destination.
Change. It’s so hard. It’s not just the fear factor, it’s being uncomfortable – even if it’s only temporary. Still, it is always a good when we can adapt to change, hard as it often might be, with a smile, a sigh and just a bit of enthusiasm. There’s an amazing song on one of Quincy Jones albums, “Everything Must Change, ” sung by James Ingram. It describes the uncertainty and the promise of change.
The weather is turning cooler, the leaves are still falling from the trees. Those of us who live on the East Coast have turned back our clocks to welcome daylight a little earlier.
Already stores have begun displaying Christmas decorations. Thanksgiving is next week.
In just about an hour, Koko, the domestic shorthair will be back at Crazy Cat Lady’s residence in Philadelphia. We had a grand time and I will miss Koko as my secre-cat. For those who read this blog regularly, you know that Koko likes to sit on my lap while I write.
Of course, I will miss her but it’s time for her to go home and for me to change my routine a bit.
Koko, I know, will be all right. So will I.
This spoke to my heart again this morning. #Gratitude
To heal it is necessary to remove yourself from people and situations that cause you pain and confusion. Giving someone the benefit of the doubt does not resolve the situation. If someone is standing on your foot it hurts. If you tell the person to stop and they keep coming back to step on your foot in the name of friendship or professional courtesy- it still hurts or at least annoying. It’s a cycle of pain. You have the power to stop it. It’s time to let go.
We have heard a lot of criticism of those who value “peace at any price.” We’re told those folks are pushovers, they never stand up for themselves, etc. etc. Sometimes their silence, refusal to buy-in is just another form of warfare but often it’s a form of protection.
For some, peace is not on their agenda. There are those who because of their own loneliness and despair seek disruption through mean-spirited comments or unfortunate jabs or just plain cruelty. Words of anger, actions of anger, envy dominate the course of their existence. They are the “reality TV” stars of their own personal and ongoing drama and unfortunately, they seek to take others hostage.
Peace is valuable to our spiritual sanity. Seek it every day. Say no to systems and people who try to make you part of their petty dramas. Recently, I saw an episode of the original “Star Trek” where a race, known as “The Organians,” seem to take abuse from the Klingons who have “conquered” their planet and appear unconcerned when the Klingons start taking their citizens hostage. All this, much to the dismay of Captain James T. Kirk of the Starship Enterprise who arrived on the planet to help. Eventually, the Organian leaders, using mind control, quietly overpower the Klingons and the Federation ships that are about to go to war. Then they tell both factions, “that’s enough we’re tired of you” as the Organians visibly change from “humanoids” to spirits of light.