It is hard to be grateful when we’re tired, hungry or depressed. In fact, it would be unfair for us to harp on at ourselves to be grateful when we quite apparently aren’t.
Likewise, for others; why force anything?
Real gratitude is nothing about faking it. It comes from the heart, always.
There are times when we’ll feel grateful and others when we won’t. We can only hope to feel more consistently grateful.
NIPPING IT AT THE BUD...
The gardening metaphor is transposed here to decision-making, to reduce stress.
The quicker we decide to act, therefore achieving the action, the quicker dissonance is relieved, and the burden is dropped.
Pre-imposed on this, of course, is the role of discernment; to making the right decision at the right time, and to execute the decision in the right way.
When we engage in these simple behaviours requiring a disciplined self-diligence we waste less time worrying. Connecting all our actions in this way makes for a flow whereby there is really very little to consume our attention other than the direct path of living.
Well, that’s the theory anyway.
Let’s never assume that ‘weird things’ never occur because they quite plainly do. There are many inexplicable things in life. We cannot ever hope to understand it all.
The irony is, angelophanies and theophanies often occur to the direst sceptic. We can just imagine how much amusement God might get (to think of him anthropomorphically) from seeing 180 degree turnarounds.
COPY – RIGHT...
This idea of copyright is not so much about the ownership of a string of words as it’s an ownership of what was said.
God owns the words and it is only he that will allow us to string them together in the first place. Our duty, when using the words of others, then, is simply to copy them down right.
Copy-right is hence more about correct and due quotation. And that’s all.
We may be attuned to body language. This is what people are ‘saying’ via their cues and gestures.
But just as important is what the body language is not saying. Let’s not read too much into what people are or are not saying non-verbally.
© 2010 S. J. Wickham.