Saturday, May 30, 2020

Responses


There are five basic responses to unpleasant feelings:

fight it out


wait it out


check out


freak out


work it out



(from Conflict, by Equipping Ministries)

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Crooked Lines



Isn't it a consolation to know that life is not a straight line? Many of us wish and have been told that it should be, but I haven't met a life yet that's a straight line to God. And I have even met Mother Teresa! It's always getting the point and missing the point. It's God entering our lives and then fighting it, avoiding it, running from it. There is the moment of divine communion or intimacy, and then the pullback that says, "That's too good to be true. I must be making it up." Fortunately, God works with all of it, and that's called mercy or steadfast love.

                                                                    -Richard Rohr, Things Hidden

Anger


Anyone can become angry - that is easy, but to be angry with the right person at the right time, and for the right purpose and in the right way - that is not within everyone’s power and that is not easy

                                  Aristotle

Sunday, May 24, 2020

Over-explained



Overexplanation separates us from astonishment.
                                                                    -Eugene Ionesco