Good Evening, God!
Dear friends are off to camp at Pinnacles National Park and I had never heard of the place — so, of course, I Googled it! This is a photo of a ranger standing in one of the talus caves. Talus? I had always thought of talus as rocks deposited by glaciers when they retreat. But, this cave was created by Rock Fall. Big BIG rocks falling into narrow valleys.
I thought, God, that I had seen BIG rocks. But not like these. And when I saw this photo I felt as if — THAT’S ME! Me, standing under the BOULDERS of Global Warming, Nuclear Saber Rattling, Groups promulgating Hate, Millions of Refuges, Accelerating Technological Change and Lonely Islands of Economic Stagnation.
Of course, God, that isn’t just me . . . it is US . . . all of us dear humans . . . who could be working together. I WANT to work together . . . I want us to make our way through this “Talus Cave” of troubles. I hear You saying — I am with you. And that gives me hope. Hope to keep on hoping . . . to keep on TRYING!
And thinking of things to try — June, my spiritual director, has recommended Karen Armstrong’s book — Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life. I have bought it. I have given it away. Next is to READ IT . . . and DO IT.
Imagine! More compassion for others . . . more compassion for myself. (I’d better see self-compassion.org.) Enough compassion to extend it to folks with different perspectives or to those labeled as enemies.
But, God, You know I am eager to start but I often wander off . . . and I don’t carry through. That’s why I want to study the book as part of a group. I will exert myself for others . . . not so much for myself.
Hmm. I really better check out the self compassion site!