IF THE ONLY PRAYER YOU SAID IN YOUR LIFE WAS "THANK YOU", THAT WOULD SUFFICE. ~Meister Eckhart

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

07.22.09

You were born with a spark of the Divine within you. It had been all but smothered by the life you were living. ~Twenty-Four Hours a Day
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Today I am grateful...
  • that if you can't walk what you talk then sit down and shut up
  • that sometimes I can see that things are not as they appear
  • for the bizarre noon meeting yesterday where the disease was bubbling up at eye level
  • that I have some health insurance. Yesterday's appointment was long (I was there from 7-11:30AM). Had two EKGs because the first one didn't read correctly. She prescribed an antibiotic for my ear (it has been ringing and my equilibrium seems to be a little off, she said it looked a bit red inside) and a stress test to make sure everything is okay.
  • that today's total eclipse of the sun, which has people in India hiding and the whole world probably a little tipsy reminds me of Klaus Nomi singing

Many of us ... in this program have a struggle with perfectionism. This is a central spiritual issue. Sometimes we feel ashamed or frightened by our imperfections, or we strive so hard to overcome them that we successfully close our lives down to a very narrow, controllable scale. Spiritual awakening means we have zest for life and accept our imperfections. ~Touchstones

13 comments:

Mary Christine said...

Indeed.

Syd said...

I'm glad that you have medical insurance too. I know many people who don't. I have been to a couple of bizarre meetings when I first started Al-Anon. I was squirming to see the pain. Hopefully, I can detach better now.

dAAve said...

I have so many imprefections that ... well, let's just say that's why I keep comin' back.

Zanejabbers said...

Touchstones just hit the nail on the head.

Lou said...

I never heard you say shut up before.

Carol said...

Saw a sticker at an art studio that says 'never apologize for your art'. Cool

Scott W said...

I want one of those!

I have Buy Art and Love Your Art Gallery. Plus the Sober one.

Scott said...

I hope you're ok and glad you're insured...

Mary LA said...

Very sharp quote... I think the penny is dropping.

xxMary LA

Boston said...

i like the quote, too. was good for me to hear.

Greatful said...

An extra paradigm shift is not only to accept one's own imperfections but to be thankful for them. So if one is spiritually sick, at least be thakful that you have a certain level of spirituality. If humble enough, you* will recognise that you* are not deserving even of that.

Here's to hoping for that level of gratitude :D

*By you I don't mean Scott, I mean 'the general you'

Scott W said...

It is my belief that there is no undeserving.

Ed G. said...

For years (decades?) my only possible response to perfectionism was to lower my standards. It's easy, once you get them low enough...

Now, I strive for - hope for - pray for - humility.

Blessings and aloha...