Thursday, August 11, 2011

Inquire Within

   I was sifting through a few journal entries this morning and found this "Author Unknown"  piece that I want to share.  Too many times we are trapped in wondering how to fill our days productively or wish for things we can't have.  I liked this analogy, and I hope you do too.  If you know who might have written this, please let me know. Have a wonderful day on your journey.

If, as Herod, we fill our lives with things, and again with things; if we consider ourselves so unimportant that we must fill every moment of our lives with action, when will we have time to make the slow, long journey across the desert as did the Magi?  Or sit and watch the stars as did the shepherds? Or brood over the coming of the child as did Mary?  For within each of us there is a desert to travel. A star to discover. And a being within ourselves to bring to life. ~ Author Unknown


  1. Everything I've looked up still says this is an unknown writer. I've often imagined who this young girl was who could accept the gift of being the mother of Jesus. To selflessly do the will of God, not even knowing if she would have the help of anyone - and knowing at some point she would lose her child. Until my mid-thirties, I thought that I was a Godly person, even while thinking I needed to have clothes from expensive stores, a house the envy of the town, to say the glib thing and to give the impression I was better than others. No self-esteem. It wasn't until I lost everthing, even health for a time - everything, except my faith, that I was finally ready to know what is important. I don't believe God was punishing me for some reason but I needed to pay attention. I was fortunate enough to live in a beautiful part of the country and was able to savor things that money couldn't buy. My focus became clean - serene when I was outdoors. John Muir said something like, "One day's exposure to mountains is better than a cartload of books." I've gathered John Muir had to be prodded to write - with him believing that words were inadequate to express what he could see. Thank goodness he did it anyway. Since my own personal crash 25 years, some things were given back - some weren't. The people I didn't get back hurt the most. There is still time. I like, "Don't quit before the miracle." The things I sold to get by have long been forgotten. I am grateful to pay the bills, save money and share as I can. Somalia. Navy Seals families. I get sad but don't have regrets, as long as I stay in gratitude. I'll bet you will like and know who wrote, "I would rather have roses on my table than diamonds on my fingers." Material blessings and sometimes an antique family keepsake are precious but I wouldn't trade these for peace of mind and being right size. If I ever lose my faith, I am sure I will feel despair I can't imagine. I love the way you weave the outdoors, faith and the things money can't buy into your writing with thoughtfullness and humor. Again, have a wonderful trip. E

  2. We watched a PBS special on Death Valley. Unspeakable oppressive during the day but a place in the world where at night the stars can feel like they are smothering you. Some of us as children heard, "Don't just stand there. Do something." A friend told me that instead of this, their mother would say, "Don't do something all the time. Just be." When my children were little and they complained that there was nothing to do, I would tell them to go and lay on their backs in the yard under a big ash tree and look at the sky through the branches. They still remember this! Maybe, I should remember that I learned these things when I was a child and do them again... The best reward was a self portrait I found the other day that my son drew when he was in 2nd grade. (He's now 36.)Underneath it said, "Just me being me." This also goes with several of your previous pieces on our wealth being what we are rather than what we have. I've had to learn these things the hard way. Your blog brings many things into focus. Keep up the good work. Blessings.


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