Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy New Year!

Thor, Lugh, Starshine

My cats always live in the moment. At least my house, they have no concerns as to having their needs met. If they are tired, they sleep. If they are bored, they have toys, humans, and each other. Sometimes that doesn't work out so well, but the consequences don't seem to slow them down much. I keep coming back to the bible's quote (yes, this witch knows her bible), about "Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin". I'm taking the verse out of context, nevertheless, it still suggests mindfulness. Something I need a good deal more of.

Cameron and I often speak of the need to meet basic needs in order to be free to seek higher growth. When you are hungry, can't pay the electric bill, don't have gas for the car, and can't afford necessary repairs to your home, personal growth can easily go out the window. I don't buy new clothes, usually, I find them at garage sales, second hand stores, etc. My dad is repairing out house (what an amazing blessing!). We found a sale for food that lets us buy out of date items for $8 per per banana box. I suspect I've painted a fairly clear picture here. When my boss remarked I need to buy a new car (and the new car payments) rather than fixing my 14 year old Honda, I couldn't make her understand the impossibility of car payments. Always stuns me when someone doesn't understand working class poverty.

Despite the above challenges, I do work on personal growth. I combine both the Pagan and Christian path in an effort to develop as a human being. There's a line in Star Trek, spoken by Pricard, who states that as hunger, poverty, etc have been eliminated, people work to become better people. Well, that's what I want. First and foremost in this new year, I want to focus on my spirituality, on the people who's lives I touch, to become a better person. I want to be mindful, and stop throwing my life away on worrying about what others say or think, worrying about stuff I can't control, etc. I want to live in the moment as much as is reasonably possible. But I also want to keep my life balanced this year. Planning and enjoying my garden. Making candles. Learning to crochet. Treasuring the amazing relationship I share with my partner, and doing things together. Enjoying the growth of my client's who privilege me to be a witness.

And I hope the same things for each of you. Happy New Year! Blessed be.

1 comment:

  1. Happy New Year to you, Cameron and all the cats! May you have an awesome 2014.