Sometimes I feel like Sisyphus, straining doggedly to push life up a hill, despairing that I might never reach the crest.
Yeah, for sure, progress usually take effort, commitment, and intention. And there’s always more to progress. The practice of authentic self-expression and the transformation of the world often feels like a lot of work. Sometimes, it’s like 1 step forward 2 steps back, and it seems that we’ll never “get there.” The quest is never-ending.
This doesn’t mean it can’t be fun. In fact, I’d like to suggest that if it’s not enjoyable, there’s a different way to approach this whole life thing. I, for one, am here on the planet to have a good time. I’m gonna push it real good.
“The most important thing is to enjoy your life — to be happy — it’s all that matters.” - Audrey Hepburn
I can’t wait to see you this Saturday at 6:00 at Albuquerque Center for Spiritual Living (abqcsl.org), with the brilliant Sid Fendley on piano. Join us at 5:30 for refreshment & cheer! XO, Drew
I’m all about super-powering ourselves — consciously connecting to the Divine, tapping our ever-greater capacity for love & creativity, plumbing a deeper well of compassion & forgiveness, soaking up the limitless vitality that enables us to keep on keeping on.
I mean, it seems like we’ve got to, right? Now more than ever, we’ve got to keep re-Sourcing ourselves.
And I need a rest. Anyone else just, like, totally spent? I’m going to take a breather. In fact, I think I am going to BE the breather that I’m going to take.
I can’t wait to see you Saturday at 6:00, at Albuquerque Center for Spiritual Living (abqcsl.org, with my friends Patty Stephens & Sid Fendley. Join us at 5:30 for refreshment, community, and cheer. XO, Rev. Drew
This moment is the culmination of everything that has come before, every triumph and tragedy, every intentional creation and every accident, every choice and every inevitability, from the beginning of time. Our lives, our world, exist exactly as they are because of everything.
Everything yet to come, all progress and transformation, all achievements and challenges, all opportunities to love and connect and grieve and love some more, flows out of this moment. This here moment.
And we can cause it, consciously choose it and cause it, to the degree that we are willing to own and exercise this creative authority, to do it on purpose. Mark Batterson wrote, “You are always one decision away from a totally different life.” We are all a decision away from a totally different world. Let’s make it awesome, shall we?
I can’t wait to see you this Saturday at 6:00 at Albuquerque Center for Spiritual Living (abqcsl.org). Join us at 5:30 for community & cheer. XO, Drew
A. I believe this to be a loving, intelligent universe.
B. I see deep pain, systemic inequality, murder, dysfunction, retribution, over and over and over again.
How can this be? I yearn for any answer,
to reconcile the paradox, to smooth out
the screaming dissonance.
It’s tempting to just cut out one proposition or the other:
A loving intelligent universe? What a joke. Obviously it’s
neither loving nor intelligent. It’s chaos, it’s statistics, it’s beastly.
But this just leaves me in despair.
So then I’ll say that heartache and terror and blood are
just the price of free will,
just human frailty, just our egos, just the devil,
just wrong-thinking, just temporal and finite, just part of the journey.
And isn’t that a fucking insulting way to avoid the problem.
So what then?
I want an answer, dammit, but I’m beginning to see that it can’t be
about answers at all.
Not about the answers of expertise and position and ideology.
Not about the answers of spiritual, philosophical, scientific systems.
There’s a hint of something
in listening, in stretching,
maybe every once in a while in the glimpse
of something that just hurls us spinning on
into better questions…
I wonder about this world, about us.
And I am open to the exploration of how to be in it, with it,
how to be it --
bumbling agents, stumbling hearts,
ignorant radiant brilliance,
learning to fail and fly with everything we’ve got.
Of course the pain and violence and injustice are real.
Here we are.
The world is crying out for so much love — unreasonable love,
un-figure-out-able love, more love than I think I can possibly
hold or do or be.
And the world is crying out for a whole lot of intelligence — new intelligence,
an intelligence informed by history but not bound by it,
an intelligence of possibility
that hasn’t already been gleaned from somewhere else,
because that sounds like more of the same.
When I don’t know, which is most of the time if I’m being true,
why not assume the best
about people, about the world?
I think that would help me to like us more.
When I think I know, which is probably too much of the time,
why not know the things that draw us
closer, instead of so much pushing away?
Every one of us is beckoned to be
more completely ourselves than we’ve ever been before,
more outrageously beautiful and hopeful
embodiments of creativity and imagination, innovation and action,
more full of heart and agile of mind,
more uniquely you and me,
more us together.
This loving intelligent universe is not an answer,
not a mere answer.
It’s an invitation.
Too often lately I’ve been hearing the phrase, “choosing the lesser of two evils” tossed around all over the place. It’s starting to chafe because I hear it perpetuating a worldview that I find destructive — a world in which we have to settle for the unpleasant in order to avoid the disastrous. Of course I get that it seems that way sometimes. Man, oh man, I get it. But I’d like to suggest that it doesn’t have be that way.
What if we mindfully approached our lives as invitations to choose, instead, THE GREATER OF 2 GOODS? Looking everywhere for good and more good. I’m not talking about trying to whistle-away the world’s terrors or put a happy face on the struggles people face every day -- I’m talking about how we choose to see ourselves.
What might be available? Who would we have to know ourselves to be, and what would we have to allow the world to be, in order to see Good and Light and Possibility?
“The roots of all goodness lie in the soil of appreciation for goodness.” — Dalai Lama
I can’t wait to see you this Saturday, July 10, at 6:00 pm, with my friends Patty Stephens & Sid Fendley, at Albuquerque Center for Spiritual Living (abqcsl.org). Join us at 5:30 for refreshments & cheer. XO, Drew