A Day in the Life

Homeschooling and Medieval Living

Light the Way

Although the winter solstice falls in December (for those in the Northern Hemisphere), it never really feels like the days grow longer and the light brighter until well into the new year. As winter wears on it becomes ever more important to notice the places of brightness, and to create those places where we can.

How will you find or shed a little extra light today?

I have recently been moved to a different delivery route (that I love). I was overjoyed at the new route. We got a new girl (Sheila) who took over my old route. She is lovely. We get along great and now I am not the only female route driver. Yay! I have helped her out as much as I can. Today, in order to spread the light of love, I am going to help her out even more. All the boxes that we will deliver are put onto one pallet. They are all mixed up. So, I usually sort them and put them in order from first stop to last stop. Today, I will stand by while she sorts and loads up. I will teach her but let her do it herself. “If you teach a gal to fish…” and so on. I think she can do it. She has been on the route for almost two weeks. Plus, I will be right there. Also, she has my number. Yesterday, she called me when she arrived at a new stop. I kept her on the line until she made the delivery. It was at a ranch with many barns and roads. It is the easiest place to lose yourself. So I wanted to make sure that she made it and that she was OK. When I started that route, the previous driver had already moved away. So, I did not have a mentor. I was “thrown to the wolves” so to speak. I was scared to death. I had no maps or anything. It is a hard route with many ranches and farms in the country. Many of them are hard to find. So, I decided that I would mentor anyone who had to take over the route in the future. I also made up a folder with every possible stop listed. Each stop has a map, directions, address, and phone number. I also made sure that she had my phone number and I told her to call me with any questions (which she has). I always try to be there for the newcomer. I love training people. This is how I spread the light of love. I education and mentor those who really need it. And I absolutely adore doing it.

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Clouds Overhead

– From The Daily Compass

Light and shadow, water and land—sometimes the places of greatest beauty are when opposites meet up.

Have you ever found beauty in a close encounter with something or someone you were opposed to?

I actually have two thoughts on this subject. The first involves my son.  He loves bugs, spiders, scorpions, snakes, and all wiggly things like that. In fact, he is determined to be an entomologist. I love that boy. I used to hate bugs and all creepy crawlies. I never thought I would catch myself in a situation as I did the other day. He saw a small spider in the van. It was a spiderling no doubt. It was the size of a pencil eraser. He looked at it crawling along and said “Look, Mom! Isn’t he so cute?” I looked and I agreed. He was really cute. Instead of freaking out, I just sat there and marveled over how small and innocent this creature was. We sat there for a full two or three minutes just watching him (or her, it was too small to tell). Then, I left it there. I could do with the company anyway.

 

The other involves the UU Principles. Number one on the list is “The inherent worth and dignity of every person.” Now all the other principles I have agreed with wholeheartedly. But, I always had problems with this one. When I took my UU Class at First Jefferson, I asked about it. I would look at people such as Ted Kaczynski or Jeffrey Dahmer. It is so hard to find their inherent worth and dignity. I have since thought about that. There are things that happen that make those involved so angry. Look at the Sandy Brook shootings. The parents of the victims are so angry. They have every right to be. I was angry and sad when the Twin Towers fell. I have had time to reflect since then. Anger and hatred for those responsible does nothing. Sure there was a sense of joy at Dahmer’s death. But, that did not bring his victims back. It did nothing to heal the parents of those victims. Hurting someone (no matter how “evil” that someone may seem) may make one feel better temporarily. But, in the long run, it would only lead to guilt and self-loathing. Why bring yourself down to his/her level? My minister at the time answered my question thus. He said that those people are still people. They are human beings. They should be treated as such. He mentioned Amnesty International. The goal of this organization is to ensure that all humans are treated humanely. I guess I do agree. If I saw a person in need, I would help them. I wouldn’t stop and get their resume first. I wouldn’t ask if they had committed any crimes. I would just help them. As a UU, I need to look at that person as a human first. After all, we are all in this together. We should all take a lesson from that.

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