Good Evening, God!
It’s been a lovely, slow day — even my 2.2 mile jog was slow. Perhaps I’m taking time to factor in my Medieval Helpers? Let me try to explain (to myself?) how they work.
Edward de Bono talked about using Six Hat Thinking. Each “Hat” stood for a mode of thinking. For example the Yellow Hat was for optimism and looking for positives while the Black Hat was about judgment. The Black Hat was the Devil’s Advocate who tried to see what could go wrong. Getting individuals or groups periodically to change hats really stretches the thinking process.
I suppose my staff of Medieval Officers acts in somewhat the same way as those Hats. It is easier to get myself exercising if I give myself an Inner Helper — in this case an avuncular Scot who has the Medieval role of Marshall. (The office of Marshall kept discipline among the troops and oversaw their training.)
Today my Inner Marshall had me stretching and exercising while listening to Fr. Richard Rohr reading from his book The Little Way: A Spirituality of Imperfection. He is referring to the Little Way of Saint Therese of Lisieux, also called the Little Flower.
This is also a spiritual stretching, God. Or maybe his words are not so much stretching me as loosening me from the cultural entanglement that adores Achieving and Accomplishing. It is one of Your Paradoxes, God, isn’t it? In what we think of as our better moments we long to do Great Things for You. Yet, You can’t really use us until we come nose to nose with our own powerlessness, weakness and flawed nature.
Nose down in the mud — accepting that — we find ourselves lifted up and loved. And, sent out to love others in Little Ways. Imperfect Ways. Now THAT is Good News! Thank You for loving us as we are!