[A note to the reader: I am not writing to reflect on the details of Sandy Hook but rather how we react to tragedy. I may modify this entry to be more specific in the future but have avoided it due to the acute emotional trauma and the fact that so many are covering the details]
We go about our day, distracted with thoughts, observations, opinions and lists. Suddenly, something shocks us out of it. A bad driver, a missed exit, lightning, news of an environmental disaster. Each one of these things invokes an emotion and pulls us from the minutia and noise of our internal dialogue. That emotion tends to manifest differently between an act of nature versus something done by a human. We tend to become angered when someone Continue reading
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” Now as they went on their way, he entered a certain village, where a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home. She had a sister named Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to what he was saying. But Martha was distracted by her many tasks; so she came to him and asked, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to do all the work by myself? Tell her then to help me.” But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things; there is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part, which will not be taken away from her” (Luke 10:38-42). ”
Sometimes I get caught up in being Martha and lose sight of being Mary. Yesterday I had some time with Mamajack and got a tour of her home. I felt very welcomed and the conversation very engaging and convivial. Though I was the visitor, I felt a mutual ‘mary-ness’ as it were.
We all can get caught up in the jangle of logistics and endless errand stream, sometimes we forget to connect with real human beings in real life. This is the fertile ground on which friendships solidify. [Though I will say that the Internet can be a decent place, if you find the right place, from which one can choose seedlings.]