Please show up

Shaw Air Force Base / Stress

Showing up as your most loving, compassionate self is probably the best thing that we can do In the aftermath of the shocking and horrific massacre in Las Vegas, and literally dozens before it.

The evidence is all around us: many people are in big trouble, deep despair, and even life-threatening danger. Some of us are farther along the spectrum of deep soul healing while others are in duck and cover survival mode with mind-numbing food, drink, and television.

My superb teacher was my dad, a man who was far ahead of his time. One of his many philosophies was “You need to put in more than you take out. If everyone only takes, there is nothing left.” I had no idea what he was talking about. Our family was very giving but the good of the whole took precedence over the individual. With six children and scarce resources, it was the only logical organizing principle.

When I got out in the world, I saw for myself that many people are takers rather than givers.

I’ve discovered that if someone is unwilling or unable to extend a hand or be generous even on a non-financial level, it means that they have nothing to give. I feel sorry for their stingy spirit.

80% of success is showing up

Woody Allen

Resentment, frustration, disappointment, and anger are spirit-killers. To keep these toxic emotions where they belong, compassionately consider them without giving them an opening.

I have decided to stick with love. Hatred is too great a burden to bear.

Martin Luther King

I don’t remember many sermons but Bob Thompson left me with a memorable pearl: You have an effect on every person you meet. Make sure that it’s a good one.

With much of the world in chaos and despair, now is the time to give the gift of ourselves, showing up with as much compassion, generosity of spirit, and non-judgment as we can muster. We Are Bright Lights on the Horizon says more about how we show up in the world.

New Community Vision seeks to partner with congregations and community groups to organize frequent occasions to socialize and meet others. Eventually, relationships will form, some may be close, while others may be respectful and functional - which is a blessing in itself.

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