Last week I was visiting the quote page of The Tiny Buddha. On his page he had a long list of quote topics. It gave me the idea to create my own list of quote topics and each week to select one topic to write and create puzzles for. This week I chose the topic, “Calm.”
Everyone has their own idea of how to stay calm. Some believe it comes from meditation, prayer, trusting in God, trusting in the universe, trusting in oneself to handle whatever comes.
I probably incorporate a bit of it all.
And of course some days I don’t seem to incorporate any at all and just get stressed and depressed.
Mostly though I rely on finding some sort of spiritual quote that I repeat over and over to myself until I feel okay.
My favorite of favorite quotes for being calm is this one.
“By waiting and by calm, you shall be saved. In quiet and in trust your strength lies.” Isaiah 30:15
When I was in the monastery I made it into a little song that I would sing over and over to myself. That is one of the things I brought with me. Our spiritual selves we take with us no matter where our physical selves might be.
Alice Marie Johnson
I picked up a new book at the library that I am just tipping my toes into. But so far it is very intriguing. It is about this lady who apparently sold some drugs during some hard times and got a life sentence without parole. Haven’t gotten to that part yet but her growing up story is amazing.
After serving 21 years in prison she received clemency by President Trump. I am only on page 17 so I don’t know how the book will go – but for now I am loving it.
Alice Mary Johnson with Nancy French
Personally I believe everyone makes “BAD” decisions sometimes and I tend to think everyone should have a chance for clemency at some point. Not maybe for murder. Though even then sometimes there are circumstances. I remember a priest sharing a story of one of his congregation up in Alaska who murdered her husband after being severally beat up numerous times. It may not excuse it . . . but sometimes one does get pushed to the wall.
I embrace the idea we are not to be the “judge” for anyone. One of my favorite people was a Catholic Chaplain on Death row and he is still an advocate for abolishing the death penalty. I’m 100 percent on that.
Book Countdown . . . 2 – 20 – 2020!
270 days to go
I just got my manuscript back from my editor! I can’t wait to read it and see what my next steps will be. This was just a starting point for her to assess the overall work and give suggestions how to continue. I told myself I would not take a peek until I finished this blog post. Exciting.
She did say my writing was “wonderful” and that I have a compelling story in the email. And that I wander a bit (which is probably a lot) but anyway even that much is super encouraging.
Please add “your” three gratitude moments in the comments. It’s a great way to pick up your day and it’s fun for the rest of us to read!
- Not eating enough fruits and vegetables so my sister Barb (dietitian) suggested I start taking some type of Green Power supplement. Started yesterday and will see how it goes. Supposed to give me more energy. Would love that.
- Only one oatmeal cookie a day. Another Barb suggestion. So far I have done that for two days. Whoa . . .
- Jon is making dinner. Smoked some meat and it will be sooo delicious tonight.