We are the Gray Buzzards rowing team and have been together long enough to know why we’re called the Gray Buzzards. We are also glad to report that the Snow Row 2017 is now in the books. And what a race it was! Actually, with winds blowing 20 and gusting to 30 knots, it felt like less of a race and more like surviving an obstacle course. We would learn, soon after the race was over, that one boat carrying two rowers flipped over just yards from our start on the beach, and two others were blown so far off course that the Coast Guard towed them back to port. It truly was A Snow Row Race for the ages.
Keeping things positive is a response to a question about how I deal with all the negative messaging we receive every day. I mentioned to an online friend that I had signed up for a twenty-one day online retreat (I don’t know why they call it that, it’s really a mini-course.) about reframing negative messages at Spirituality and Practice.
The following reflection, “Unfinished Business,” was written by me to share at my Quaker Meeting’s Christmas Eve Service on December 24, 2016. The post was set to publish about the same time that I shared it during our service.
Recently, in this season of waiting — that is, between our presidential election last month and the upcoming Presidential Inauguration on January 20, I heard a news reporter on NPR, in a reference to Mr. Trump’s choices for Cabinet secretaries say, “that it’s looking like we’ll have a fox in every henhouse.” And the phrase got me thinking:
The results of our recent national elections in the US have left me feeling stunned and shaking my head at what happened. I am in need of finding sources of joy and delight and I need to be finding it fast!
This whole thought, the idea of finding sources of Joy and delight evolved from a question I was asked earlier this month, “How might I be a source of joy for others?” My off-the-cuff and smart-alecky answer was, “Oh, by just being my loving and adorable self!” Yeah, that’ll do it! Frankly, the question struck me as being funny and the only way that I could do anything with it was to have fun with it. Continue reading “Finding sources of Joy and Delight”