Awakening a Keen Observer

Wednesday, May 24, 2006


How do we prepare for something really special, monumental, that is happening in our lives? We make plans, we follow the protocol, we check off the completed tasks and we measure how we believe we did.

There is the joy of anticipation. My Grandmother Bane loved to have people surprise her. Even more she loved and enjoyed the anticipation of people coming. She would do extra things to make ready. She would bake her wonderful biscuits and desserts, and she would polish and shine everything that could be polished. All so that when you came--she could enjoy your presence. It was great.

We prepare for good things.
AND . I think sometimes we dwell on the "what-ifs" or the "if-Onlys" and we have the sense that gloom and doom are sure to follow. We make lists, at least mentally, when this "bad thing" happens... I know that I will feel _____. (empty abandoned hurt lost sad betrayed....)
We talk about when bad things might happen .... So many times we/I worry about things that are highly unlikely to ever happen to me but I still have a plan for if/when it does!

But rarely, very rarely, do we say when this good thing happens...I know I will feel_____ . (joyful, thankful, happy, satisfied, challenged, empowered....)
That would seem frivolous to us and we are so much more pitiful to the world if we wallow (often in contentment) in the oh my's or maybes! The Oh Oh poor me...

What we know, what we can know, is where we are right now and where we are prayerfully heading in our lives. How do we do that? Let's make certain that we enjoy the beauty and the love and the goodness that is so fully evident in this world... and be thankful.

Don't happy...

God abides ---see there is Nothing- absolutely nothing---to worry about.

Bobbie Giltz McGarey

Artist: Bobby McFerrin Lyrics
Song: Don't Worry, Be Happy Lyrics
Here's a little song I wrote
You might want to sing it note for note
Don't Worry - Be Happy
In every life we have some trouble
But when you worry you make it Double
Don't Worry - Be Happy
Ain't got no place to lay your head,
somebody came and took your bed
Don't Worry, Be Happy
The landlord say your rent is late,
he may have to litigate
Don't Worry - Be Happy
Ain't got not cash, ain't got no style,
ain't got no gal to make you smile
Don't Worry - Be Happy
Cause when you worry your face will frown
and that will bring everybody down
Don't Worry - Be Happy


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