Touch the Silence

“Learn to get in touch with the Silence within yourself and know that everything in this life has a purpose.” Elizabeth Kubler-Ross It is hard to get in touch with my inner Silence. My mind keeps talking to me, even when I sit quietly. I have found that to find Silence, when I sit quietly, I must let the day wash over me first. Then the silence can begin…if I’m patient with myself. This is not easy.

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Have a Little Faith by Mitch Albom

Have a Little Faith by Mitch Albom

  Have a Little Faith: A True Story by Mitch Albom, (ISBN-13: 978-0786868728) is a  wonderful read. It has a bizarre premise—Mitch’s Rabbi, from his hometown, asked him to deliver his eulogy. Yet, his Rabbi lived eight more years. This allowed Mitch to spend time with his Rabbi, learning who he was and what his beliefs were. Imagine spending time with someone who changed your life as a child, yet…now you had to get to know this person enough to give a eulogy. Your childhood fear & respect would be difficult to overcome. Add to the equation the fact that Mitch had all but left his former beliefs, married out of his faith and now lived a secular life. It makes for an interesting story. But that is not all. Mitch has become successful as a writer. He...

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Is He Dead or Alive?

Snow is brilliant. It magnifies animal tracks. Glancing out the front window after two inches of snowfall, I saw numerous tracks. I investigated a hole under the edge of our porch similar to one we had two years ago. Time again to set the trap! What will we find this time? Should I bait with meats to attract possums, or vegetables for rabbits? I decided on sardines in oil – more smell. Evening. “What’s the dog barking about?” Dan yelled down from his upstairs office. “Crystal wants to go outside?” I answered, assuming I knew her desire. I let her out. Wait – she’s running around sniffing and listening.  What’s up with her? First a lot of barking, which is unusual, now her only interest is in going to the front of the house. I’m confused....

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Reconnecting

Made a connection last week with a friend, via her daughter, over Facebook. Call it the proverbial Blast from the Past. One phone call later and we were friends all over again. We were sharing stories of our current lives, as well as remembrances from over 30 years ago. I am reminded of a close friend from my fourth/fifth/and sixth grade who I would love to reconnect with today. Yet I do not know where to start. Maybe I never will. But with the advent of social networking on the computer and the World Wide Web – who knows. Anything is possible. Connections with people in my life are important. As I watch news videos of trouble throughout the world, earthquakes, hurricanes, hazardous waste spills—people connections seem even more important to me. Their stuff...

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Listening to Love

After hours of working, I sat back in my chair and sighed. Tired, but pleased, I was close to finishing. Turning around in my chair I saw my dog, in her ‘den’. She had adopted the small space, where feet normally fit, under my desk. With sad eyes she gazed up at me hoping for a petting, but expecting me to ignore her as I had for the last two hours. Her adoration was compelling, and I reached down to caress her face, telling her she was special and loved. Her tail began to thump loudly against the wood. Listening to her love for me, expressed by her tail, I was reminded of the blessing God gave me when Crystal came into my life. She brightened my day, and my caress brightened hers. I was Listening to her Love.

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