Monday, February 16, 2009

Back to Basics

These are changing times.
When we resist, we learn nothing.
When we deny, we get stuck in ignorance.
When we resent, we are consumed with self pity and victimization.

In changing times, why not learn, seek wisdom and find creative and effective ways to live?

First, forgive.
Forgive yourself for all the ways you may have taken for granted the Good in your Life.
Forgive your world for teaching the illusion of plenty with plastic prosperity and false promises of Good.
Forgive humanity for getting lazy, complacent and resting on worldly givens.

During the World War II era, ordinary folks coined this reminder:
“Use it up.
Wear it out.
Make it do.
Or do without.”
Now is the time to remind ourselves how rich our lives really are when we become good and appreciative stewards of what we have.

Now is a good time to look out for others as well.
We can only give to another freely when we have first given to ourselves fully.

Are we using everything we have in our cupboards and in our consciousness?
Are we wearing out our clothing, furniture, cars and even our abilities to serve?
Are we willing and able to make do with what we have received without requiring more?
Would it be possible that it is time to learn to and find joy in living with less?

Life moves in cycles of less and more.
Some recognize the simplicity of less is really more of what is real and true.
Some acknowledge when we conserve in good times, there is plenty in meager times.
Some find value in the eternal and lasting pleasures of loving, serving and remembering Good.

These times are calling us together.
These times are inviting us to love one another.
These times are insisting we learn how to live simply and honestly.
These times are asking us to value what we have, not what we want.

Let’s get back to basics and live with appreciation for who we are and what we have.
Let’s remember life is for giving and choose to give the Good valuable stuff.
Let’s appreciate life for its teachings and enjoy what we are learning.
Let’s simply love one another.

Loving you,
Betty Lue