Friday, February 3, 2017

Troubling Times

I enjoy using Facebook and I’m on it quite a bit. My daughters poke fun at me by reminding me that Facebook is for old folks, but I don’t care. It’s fun keeping up with family and friends. I’ve even reconnected with friends from high school, with former students and with former players.

I enjoy seeing pictures of their family. I enjoy catching up on their lives as they live it. There are also several gifted photographers and artists I follow because I enjoy their work. So creative, so beautiful. There are several columnists I follow, mostly inspirational. I call it mind food, soul food, and heart food.

Lately, Facebook has been inundated with the Troubling Times of politics, both in our country and abroad. I have taken part since I see it as part of my civic duty to do so. I have strong, passionate beliefs and I express them. I know that perhaps I’ve hurt some feelings. I realize that folks have unfollowed me, and that’s okay, too. Each of us has to do what we think is best.

It’s never easy taking a stand. It causes us to first question our beliefs and causes us to question what would be the best course of action. Again, it’s never easy taking a stand.

But that’s not really what I want to focus on today.

You see, there is really only so much we can do. There is only so much we can control.

We can lobby. We can protest. We can petition. We can make phone calls and send email. But even then, in the end, there is only so much we can do and control.

Mostly, we can control ourselves.

I’ve written several posts: Light Behind The Clouds and Storms come to mind that talk about the importance maintaining inner peace, that talk about no matter how the winds, the turmoil, the strife there is around us, what we can control . . . what we should control . . . is our heart and our soul.

I’m not saying that one shouldn’t protest or write email. Not saying that at all.

But what I am saying is that once the protest is over, once the phone call is made, once the email is sent, fall back into yourself and find your peace. Steady yourself.

Winds will rage around you. There will be darkness. There will be crashing waves. Guaranteed that will happen as much as we don’t want it to happen.

But there will be light. There will be calm waters. There will be times of rest and there should be.

We can only control so much. Don’t let it bring you down. Don’t let it take your peace. Don’t let it hurt your heart. Don’t let it ruin your soul. Something to think about . . .

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  1. So true In a lot of what you say, Joseph. It's hard, sometimes, to know how to respond. Bottom line, only we can be responsible for that quiet place and what lies in our heart. I wrote a post on my reflections of this, too, called "Trust". Was something that came to me for the New Year in light of all the latest events. Take care and thank you for sharing. :-)

    1. Thank you for your feedback and thank you for taking the time to read my post. I appreciate it.


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