stops and starts
i wanted to call this post: a nightbook. stealing the phrase from one of my favorite people. but i didn’t. because it’s not fair to steal other people’s ideas without asking first and since she is on the other side of the ocean that might take too long!
besides, given the nature of these photographs and what i wanted to talk about, stops and starts sounded more appropriate.
life is a lot like these flowers. beautiful. promising. sweet-smelling. and colorful. and then it fades.
and then you wither. die. and end up laying on top of a piano?
no. really i was going somewhere with this. but i am extremely distracted by a new kitty. and the swooshing sound of pens on paper as the two middles lie on my bed next to me and draw. it really is a delightful sound. not distracting in a bad way.
the fact that my allergies are acting up really badly and i am typing with one eye closed could have something to do with the loss of my poetic train of thought.
i guess what i meant to say is when life fades. and loses color. buy a new one?
nope. not that either.
just buy some new flowers i guess.
i have nothing. as my husband says when he is at a loss for words.
except maybe this….
“she endured. and survived. marginally perhaps, but it is not required of us that we live well.” ~anne cameron
not my words. no.
but i like the idea of living well.
something good to chew on as we head into a new school year.
a new season of wonderful dead things which late summer and then fall brings.
a season of stops and starts of all sorts.
picking things up and putting them down again is good for the soul.
always praying for discernment.
for what should be stopped and started.
and for the courage to get back up when you fall down.
liturgically speaking, august began with peter in chains.
and immediately i could relate to those chains. bound. constricted. and many times because of my own pride.
i can relate to so much about peter.
willing to serve our Lord so readily, yet skulking away at the first sign of danger. hiding. denying.
yet feeding lambs and fishing for souls.
these are all things i do.
or at least i try.
much like this prince of the apostles i try.
to do the will of God.
to say i love YOU with more than just my lips.
“not in the multitude of words but in the purity of heart.” ~st. benedict
but sometimes living well means being humiliated.
and even being crucified upside down.
by the world’s standards, no, that is not living well.
perhaps that is something we should all stop.
measuring ourselves by the world’s standards.
because much like that prince of the apostles i, too, am called by God.
to this particular vocation. in this particular home. in this particular family. at this particular point in time.
there are no accidents with God.
i may not be able to relate to the idea of being something solid. like a rock.
maybe i’m just simon.
without the peter.
nevertheless….”every VOCATION becomes more agreeable when united with DEVOTION” ~st. francis de sales
devotion to a SOMEONE.
WHO makes you believe you can walk on water.
even choppy waters.
cold? wet? tired?
those are perfectly normal feelings.
HE is still there to calm the storms.
until we are ready to start again.
“Lord, save me!” the rock cried.
that just might very well be my motto for this 2011-2012 school year.
it worked for him after all.
so i sort of found some of my words.
but now my foot is asleep…which is a hint that the rest of my body should be doing the same thing.
i do so love that rosary, btw, barb.
it was just what i needed.