What does it look like?
Invite Jesus in, so you aren’t exploring this scary room alone.
What is in there?
No tools or toys
The walls are light blue, robin’s egg. There is a handmade wooden chair in the center. And a green fuzzy shawl, a gift from Jesus There is no door, but there is plenty of sunlight from the windows.
What situations, people are the cause of this room?
Why did I have to build it?
I must practice Self care to heal
be my own Shaman
Exercise food sleep, you know the drill.
What happens before the anger? Anger is a response, a protective thing. It shields from grief. Dig down to find the truth.
Don’t make God an afterthought. Make God the base of the building, of the life.
Anger comes from grief, a sense of loss, any loss. It is an unwillingness to accept change. That is also an unwillingness to accept things as they are. It is a desire to shape the world to fit me.
So roll with the punches. Accept, in a fluid way. Don’t resist. Turn the other cheek to stop that same one from getting too bruised.
(This is from an exercise I did with my first spiritual director, probably around 2013.)
It is tiresome to hear someone point out negative things all the time. Like a coworker I had who was always talking about the bad things – patrons, news stories. Like the friends who have to share only bad news on Facebook – their own, the world’s. It is hard to stay centered and focused and calm when this happens.
But we are told to love our enemies. That is the test. It is easy to love people when they are good. Jesus tells us that even unbelievers do that. But the rubber meets the road when people and situations are difficult. That is when we must rise above our human nature.
The only way to do that is to ask Jesus into the situation, to take up his yoke. It is when things are hard that we are given an opportunity to grow, to get stronger, to get better. It is when things are difficult that we have a reminder an opportunity to recommit to our path. It is then we can choose again to follow Jesus, and not the world.
My latest book, “maps for lost places” is now available on Amazon. It is a collection of 27 short stories. They are snapshots and sketches of a half-glimpsed world – observations of life between the lines.
Here is the link to the book on Amazon
Here is the link to the Kindle version –