It is all blessing
I love the daily "meditations" I get from Richard Rohr. His topics seem to always have some wonderful nuggets for me to chew on each day. Right now, he is doing a two week presentation on Enneagram. I studied this quite in-depth fifteen years ago, but it is lovely to have his "digest" version serving as a refresher. I'm a "One".......the Perfectionist.....and the "shadow" side of being a One is that we can get into anger and judgment so easily. Reading what he has to say reminds me that I may see my anger as justified, but that it really does no one any good at all. More work to do........
David continues to build pieces for me. He has completed the two for the bathroom. Mark will start painting them tomorrow, so by mid-week next week I should be able to transfer most of my linens to the shelving unit in the bathroom, which will free up more closet space in the bedroom. On Monday, David will start to build the unit for the bedroom. I'm not sure he can get it done in the two, four hour days he will be working next week, but I'm confident it will be close to done by then. In another two weeks, all the major pieces will be built and painted, and I can continue with the redistribution of all the things that are being allocated to their own new space. I'll be sure to include pictures as these things are painted and put in place.
While sharing lunch the other day, David, Maria and I got into a conversation of what it means to be Filipino......what the Filipino culture is really all about. As an outsider, I can see the heavy Spanish influence that remains from all the years that Spain occupied the Philippines. Then the Japanese occupied this country during the 20th century.......and the U.S. was here to help stabilize things and brought their influence. I just loved Maria's answer. She didn't know the word most of us might use to describe the "flexibility" of the Filipino people to adopt, so she said: "We are elastic". That was the perfect word; it described what I see every day in how the people here adapt to whatever is going on around them. They are "elastic". It has helped them to survive. Perhaps being more elastic might help me to survive as well.
While out shopping the other day, I visited my favorite movie kiosk and purchased a copy of Star Wars VII. I was not disappointed, and there is so much room for a Star Wars VIII. I look forward to seeing it. Now I think I need to play my DVD's of the other Wars movies so that I can have a refresher. I'm sure I've forgotten a lot. I can see a Star Wars marathon happening in my near future.
I have recently had an old issue smack me in the nose: can there be too much intimacy in a friendship? I'm not talking about physical intimacy, but about how much sharing is too much sharing. Are there topics that just shouldn't be addressed in a friendship? I suffer from chronic mild depression that can easily turn into something more if I'm not vigilant. This tends to make me a "cup is half empty" kind of person more than I would like. When life kicks me in the teeth, as it often does for most of us, I can easily get thrown. Living here in the Philippines, especially on a small, rather primitive island, offers me ample opportunity to view, and live, life from a "cup half empty" vantage point. Should I keep these low times to myself? Is it wrong to share my financial, emotional or spiritual battles with a trusted friend?
Lots going on and......as with most people.......some of it is good......some not-so-good. Working to keep balance.....working to remain positive.....working to see the blessing in all of it.......that is the challenge.
May We All Be Abundantly Blessed,
An Evolving (hopefully) Interspiritual Solitary
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