Pass or Fail

Imagine a test designed to tell if a person was worthy of our time, passion, emotional investment, a way to tell if someone was worthy to be loved.

What questions should be included on such a test? Would it be a sliding scale? Letter graded or pass/fail?

It seems a ridiculous idea but we give these tests each day to countless people. We look them over, listen to them talk, observe their behavior and grade them on their worthiness to receive our love. We withhold ourselves until they take a test written by our biases, culture, upbringing and then stamp them with approval or disapproval. Our love becomes a commodity to be brokered. “What will you give me in return for an investment of me?” As a result of failings, foibles and flaws many go unloved.

Worthiness to be loved is a simple test that we make complicated. If someone is breathing…they pass. When someone doesn’t pass they did not fail us, we failed them.

blessings,
@brianloging
http://www.thewannabesaint.com

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Inhaling, Exhaling

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Yesterday I said; “goodbye” to a house or rather to the person who once lived there.  My friend Mary, who passed away in June, called this place home for many years. Each room is still saturated with her presence. As I walked through the house, for possibly the last time, I talked to her hoping eternity has connections to this other side.

Saying; “goodbye” isn’t easy. Sifting through feelings of pain and loss can be incredibly difficult. Life has a way of giving and taking, blessing and cursing, lifting and crushing.

Our spirits inhale and exhale each moment, touching and being touched by others. Life is simply and profoundly a series of brief encounters that imprint upon us the meaning of existence.

blessings,
@BrianLoging
http://www.thewannabesaint.com

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In the Middle

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Yesterday morning I spotted this leaf seemingly suspended in mid air. It didn’t move, no breeze to sway it, just caught by a spider’s web between the limb and the ground.

As I looked at the leaf I thought about how life can make us feel this way; caught between one reality, stage, season and another. The winds of change blow into our lives and we find ourselves falling to an unknown place. The fall sometimes seem to take forever. We keep waiting, hoping for things to settle, stop but the gap between what was and what will be persists.

When we find ourselves unable to get anywhere it is easy to let confusion, anticipation wrap our minds, emotions and spirit in a web of anxiety. Wisdom, however, reminds us that being stuck doesn’t mean we can’t also be still.

blessings,
@BrianLoging
http://www.thewannabesaint.com

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A Needed Spark

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My day has been rather low key. A reflective day, a quiet day, a day where I’ve felt tired and subdued.

To my knowledge I haven’t been an inspiration to anyone. I haven’t been near too many people and the ones I’ve encountered have only received a polite greeting, a smile or head nod.

To live each day with the knowledge that we might be the inspiration someone needs can be exhilarating but also exhausting. Some days we don’t feel like inspiring others we’d rather take a solitary nap.

However, even on a down, low energy day we must be willing, if the situation presents itself, to shine a light in dark places, be a spark that ignites passion and life in someone else. Perhaps, by placing other’s needs ahead of our own weariness, we’ll also inspire ourselves.

blessings,
@BrianLoging
http://www.thewannabesaint.com

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Hard to Avoid

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The fear of Ebola spreads faster than the disease. It seems every news feed has the latest documented case and dreadful update about this horrendous virus as its lead story.

Each day could be our last. Every breath is a gift and life is fragile. Wisdom teaches us not to take one second of existence for granted, that our life’s flame can be extinguished by the slightest wind of chance or breeze of divine design.

Diseases, automobile accidents, natural disasters, terrorism, suffering, death are topics we’d like to avoid as if not speaking or thinking of them would some how makes us immune.

The media can certainly be accused of fear mongering trending topics for ratings but at least the subject of our mortality is becoming harder and harder to ignore.

blessings,
@BrianLoging
http://www.thewannabesaint.com

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Only Three Things

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Three things we have control of in our lives. So often we spend our years chasing elusive dreams, plans, reputations and trinkets which fade away.

To love abundantly without expectation, giving freely of ourselves and gifts not to climb a social ladder or score points but simply because we can is beautiful.

To live gently bringing no harm, inflicting no pain, causing no despair would be a life that brings needed light into a too often very dark world.

To gracefully let go of things which were not meant for us is to swim against the culture stream. We live among a people who demand, insist, take whatever they feel to be their birthright. To accept the wisdom that all things are not at our disposal or meant to be is to be content with the blessings of what is now. To allow the temporal to rest upon our hands with the knowledge it will soon blow away is to be at peace.

blessings,
@BrianLoging
http://www.thewannabesaint.com

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Possessing or Possession

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The grass, shrubs, trees are a shade of brown that tells the aware observer that summer, a season of growth and beauty, has gone. Fall is sweeping in this evening with thunderstorms and tornado warnings pushing cooler weather into the area. Only yesterday the grandeur of budding plants, leaf covered limbs, sun drenched afternoons were the norm and now the rarity.

A friend commented on my Golden Retriever today saying; “she looks thinner, did you get her trimmed?” “Nope,’ I replied, “she’s just getting older.”

Isn’t this true of us all and all that surrounds us? The seasons of life, good and bad, pass by quickly. What we see, hold is temporary, fleeting, transient.

Wisdom tells us; it’s not what we possess that’s eternal but it’s who possesses us that lasts forever.

blessings,
@BrianLoging
http://www.thewannabesaint.com

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