JULY 28, 2020 TUESDAYEverything Has a Deep Dream I’ve spent many years learning how to fix life, only to discover at the end of the day that life is not broken There is a hidden seed of greater wholeness in everyone and everything. We serve life best when we water it and befriend it. When we listen before we act. In befriending life, we do not make things happen according to our own design. We uncover something that is already happening in us and around us and create conditions that enable it. Everything is moving toward its place of wholeness always struggling against the odds. Everything has a deep dream of itself and its fulfillment. — My Grandfather’s Blessings, Rachel Naomi Remen (composed as a poem by Meg Wheatley)
“On the Day of Judgment we will not be judged for our ideas, but for the compassion we have shown to others —Pope Francis
Dear Church Family,
I notice more of my inner self in these strange times when my pace of living has slowed. Meg Wheatley’s poem touched something in me — how I have looked more at what needs to be fixed, and missed what is going on that is already good and whole. To focus only on what’s wrong, causes me to miss that greater seed of wholeness.
Often I notice how often we look for what’s wrong, and are quick to point it out. If we share our “insights” as “truth” in a person, or situation — it’s gossip, incomplete. As Paul says, with humility, we only know in part. My solution is incomplete. I cannot force change from such a position. What I can control is my field of vision, which enlarges my heart, my compassion. What enriches my life is to see the good happening and nurture the conditions that help that good grow in me, in others, and the world. It’s my participation in the process of God’s kingdom – helping the mysterious growth Jesus points us toward in the Kingdom parables we have been reading recently.
In her writing and work with organizations Meg Wheatley points individuals in organizations in that direction. She encourages creating conditions of wholeness within ourselves first, by listening. We listen and learn with one another – not shouting down or trying to change the other. Each of us has a deep desire, a calling, a yearning for wholeness – peace — within ourselves and our life with others. It grows from compassion – a word which means to suffer together. Together we discover what can bring healing and hope.
That might be something we need to consider, to give more inner attention to these days – to look for that inner seed of greater wholeness. What if we begin with what is right, before looking for what is wrong? What if Pope Francis is right – on judgment day we’re judged “for the compassion we have shown others?”May God’s love and peace give us hearts for that greater wholeness, Fr. Steve