Where There’s a Will There’s a Way

There are always

possibilities

on my life’s way

Fascinating

the power fixed to willpower –

so powerless considering

the impact of circumstances.

Change is costly –

making things happen asks for help…

submission yields to harmony…

want and need must be in balance.

Obedience –

this union of wills cultivates

a way with dialogue, sharing

and openness to greater good.

Some lessons learned:

Headstrong can hurt the common good…

Process is collaborative…

The challenge inward is to change.

Where there is a will, there’s a way

includes my neighbor –

the Will is the Way.

Back to the Future

There are always

possibilities –

on my life’s way

The Truth restores

my heritage and my birthright.future

It’s not searching the unknown past

or finding the recent future.

Awareness yields…

Attentiveness sacrifices…

looking gently, hearing kindly,

speaking softly heals all the time.

Life’s legacy

opens the past to my future.

Thus I realize, what was, can be – 

I make a careful difference

Some lessons learned:

justice without mercy is unjust…

peace without compassion is chaos…

the challenge forward is to change.

Back to the future

is my here now –

I am and I was and I will be.

Splinter

“How can you look at the splinter in another’s eye,

yet miss the plank in your own? [1]

It might not be a plank

but it’s at least a splinter in my eye.

I have learned, as others try

to dislodge the splinter or plank,

that listening is the best remedy.

Hearing with my ears

is required, to start.

Listening, though, with my heart

hears beyond my ears

and opens my soul to see better.

The window of the soul

tears up with heartfelt listening,

with empathy, it’s glistening.

Catharsis is good for the soul

and the splinter drifts away

“Blessed are your ears because they hear,

and your eyes because they see.”[2]


[1] Luke 6: 41

[2] Matthew 13: 16

Indifference

The Indifference virtue

is not one of passivity

but rather of activity.

Conventional wisdom says

Indifference is lethargic

with apathy and doubtfulness.

Epiphanic wisdom says

Indifference is energetic

with listening and non-judgment.

Ironically, Indifference

realizes proper submission

and grateful poverty of spirit.

Heartily, Indifference

forges a blessed discernment

and graced responsibility.

Ambition

“The greatest among you will be your servant.

Those who exalt themselves will be humbled,

and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”[1]

Human ambition dreams…

Glory and legacy are elusive though,

and their testimony is mute

for those who moved hearts for themselves.

Human ambition strives…

The world’s hall of fame is exclusive though,

and greatness cannot be seized

by those who want honor selfishly.

“Power dazzles the minds of many.

The crowd worships the mighty

but history has an infallible lesson,

the bankruptcy of the ambitious.”[2]

Human ambition is limitless…

Narcissists are hapless though,

and the cheers are vapid and toxic

to those who are intoxicated by their incense.

Human ambition is ruthless…

The exploits of greatness are fleeting though,

and the gods of yesterday are devils today

with those who alter the truth.

“Through art and war,

through endurance and strife,

we have striven to become great

for a few brief days, and failed.”[3]


[1] Matthew 23: 11- 12

[2] Father Judge Meditations p220

[3] Ibid.

Ambition

“The greatest among you will be your servant.

Those who exalt themselves will be humbled,

and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”[1]

Human ambition dreams…

Glory and legacy are elusive though,

and their testimony is mute

for those who moved hearts for themselves.

Human ambition strives…

The world’s hall of fame is exclusive though,

and greatness cannot be seized

by those who want honor selfishly.

“Power dazzles the minds of many.

The crowd worships the mighty

but history has an infallible lesson,

the bankruptcy of the ambitious.”[2]

Human ambition is limitless…

Narcissists are hapless though,

and the cheers are vapid and toxic

to those who are intoxicated by their incense.

Human ambition is ruthless…

The exploits of greatness are fleeting though,

and the gods of yesterday are devils today

with those who alter the truth.

“Through art and war,

through endurance and strife,

we have striven to become great

for a few brief days, and failed.”[3]


[1] Matthew 23: 11- 12

[2] Father Judge Meditations p220

[3] Ibid.

MisCommunication

An expectation can be misunderstood,

and, after the fact,

it feels like an undue demand.

Incomplete communication…

can become a blustery exchange –

clueless cross words.

The root of the problem

is oftentimes a false notion

from an incomplete conversation.

To listen after speaking

is important for being heard clearly,

and makes for proper reacting.

Talking simply the simple talk…

promotes cordial responses –

careful come backs

The last word spoken is rarely the final word,

confusion ensues

without complete explanation

The final word declared is never the last word,

delusion follows

with unforeseen inferences

Avoid conditional demands

and, during the act,

it feels like a joyful expectation.

Humility

“It takes courage to be humble.

It is a virtue of truth and justice.”[1]

Humility is the simple truth…

Talk the talk, walk the walk,

Truth abides with justice.

Humility never denies the truth…

we are what we are,

we must do what we must do.

“What we have, we have from God,

beauty, usefulness, desirability

we have all these from God.”[2]

Nothing outdoes humility

not assets, not health, not success…

humility’s legacy is mercy.

Humility abhors hierarchy

and loathes possessions…

humility embraces agreement

“All those who exalt themselves

will be humbled,

and those who humble themselves

will be exalted.”[3]


[1] Father Judge Meditations p67

[2] Ibid.

[3] Luke 18: 14

Community

All for one, one for all –

my responsibility makes community.

Harmony is not lock-step…

asks for listening and honesty,

celebrates dialogue from all viewpoints.

Community is a power for good,

always supporting the common good,

sustaining the greater good in all ways.

Awareness of Presence…

gives us inclusion and indifference,

allows everyone to be attentive.

Community accepts all at the table,

fully participating with hope,

contributing without fear of rejection.

Ritual provides a stable setting…

does not demand blind passivity,

expects heartfelt submission.

Not one, not two –

my responsibility makes community.