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This weekly version keeps them in one place for people who missed the daily postings.
The other day I noticed that Mark Zuckerberg has 57 million (and change) followers on Facebook.
My most viewed post was 277.
Comparisons are odious, I know, but I think I am allowed to feel a modest delight that at least if I say something really stupid, the whole world is unlikely to know.
Although I know it will come as a surprise to many of you who know me personally, sometimes I can’t think of a thing to say.
So I admire people like Oscar Wilde, whose last words were (reportedly), “Either that wallpaper goes or I do.” (Actually, historians have taken the fun out of it by saying it was something close to that, but not exactly. And that maybe they weren’t his last words. Although none of the historians reporting this were at his bedside. Just saying.)
What do you want your last words to be? I figure I better start thinking about it now if I want them to be something memorable.
Why Things Happen
Why do we spend so much time
worrying about why bad things happen to good people
(or why good things happen to bad people)
and almost no time at all worrying about
why we feel the need
to divide the world
into ‘good people’ and ‘bad people’?
About a week ago, I was reflecting on the blizzard that had dumped 15″ of snow on Denver and changed many over-booked schedules, bringing the best laid plans to a halt.
I was pondering patience in my Facebook post and commented that my ability to delay gratification didn’t translate into patience.
I concluded with the words,
Delayed gratification is an act of will.
Patience is an act of surrender.
Sometimes we say things that we don’t even know we know until they are quivering in the air.
And then our hearts need to catch up to our words.
I am still catching up!
May the One whose creation
is unfathomable space,
the dancing breath of atoms,
emptiness ready to receive;
may that One spin gaps in my busyness,
blow open the doors of my preoccupations,
and shatter all my distractions,
until I am the pure energy of curiosity
Make it so; oh, make it so.
Text © 2016, Andrea La Sonde Anastos
Photos © 2015, 2016 Immram Chara, LLC
NOTE: The fiber art piece that “What If…” was reconfigured from my 21-Day Art Journey. It is called “Woven Together” and is available through my Etsy shop.