Good Evening, God!
A simple ordinary leaf . . . with Your Light shining through it. Ah, God. In Your World there is no “ordinary” is there. Each leaf, each flower, each person is special.
I admit that I have a cultural tendency to value the unusual more than the “ordinary.” It’s good to remember that all of Your Creation has value.
This morning was my walk around Kapiolani Park followed by a swim. Soaking in all that sea salt — seeing an underwater world — chatting with a friend. A good life!
And then once home I joined my wonderful husband, Kit, in listening to tributes to Nelson Mandela — and his role in keeping South Africa from bloodshed. He was able to forgive those who had kept him in prison for 27 year — forgive them and work with them to build a better future.
One of the people interviewed said that we need to take his example to heart — especially in the Middle East — and I would add, in our own Country. Forgiving isn’t excusing the wrongs done. It isn’t about denying reality. It is more about Holding Your Hand, God, and stepping into a higher reality with the focus on building a better future.
“I am not an optimist, but I am great believer of hope.” — Nelson Mandela
I think I read that Mandela was walking out of prison — a bitter man — when he heard a voice saying that bitterness is the worst kind of prison . . . a self made one. And he LISTENED! Would that we ALL would listen.
Then later in the day I read more of the book, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, by Susan Cain. It’s a wonderful book for an extrovert to read — though I’m becoming an ambivert — but, we NEED introverts with their sometimes slower but more complex thinking.
We NEED all of us!