I want calm and I want it Now

It feels as if Mel Brooks is directing my life’s version of “High Anxiety” these past few weeks. If only it were a movie!

It’s like the dream that reappears through the years where tomorrow is finals day at the university and you realize you haven’t studied. I always awake in a panic, realizing after a minute or so, I am not in college anymore. As a matter of fact, I have graduated and have a degree. Lately, though, on many mornings, anxiety is waiting on the pillow next to mine. OK. It is time to restock the pillows.

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Calm down and relax is what I tell myself. Aaack! I want to know the “peace which passes all understanding,”  Phil. 4:7. Like many people, I want it now. Apparently, I am not getting the message. Time for my home remedy of meditating, praying, meditating and praying again. As with some medicines, it takes days or weeks to feel the effects. I continue on and add my spiritual chicken soup, The Power of Positive Thinking, by Dr. Norman Vincent Peale.

Ever since college, I have always kept a copy of that book, reading over favorite passages when I needed a shot of inspiration, motivation. I’ve learned to keep two copies as guests who begin reading it always want to continue and take the book home.

Dr. Peale wraps wisdom from the Bible around every day situations. Reading it is like sitting with a friend, a therapist and an angel. It’s a dose of faith, giving me hope again.

About situations in life, I realize “it is what it is.” Life cannot be staged like a movie set. Life is filled with the unexpected — disappointments, sorrow, surprises and joy. This week I choose joy. I am determined to find joy in the weeks ahead and awake renewed and refreshed each morning because of a good night’s sleep.  I am ready to take on the world and make my life better. No matter what. There’s no stopping me now.

The prayers and meditation must be “kicking in.”

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Thomas Merton prayer on road ahead

My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going.
I do not see the road ahead of me. Nor do I really know myself.
And the fact that I think I am following your will
Does not mean that I am actually doing so.

But I believe that the desire to please you
Does in fact please you.

And I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire.a Long-Road-Ahead_Rural-Area_Asphalt__DSCF4231-360x480
And I know that if I do this,
You will lead me by the right road
Though I may know nothing about it.

Therefore I will trust you always
Though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death
I will not fear for you are ever with me.

And you will never leave me to face my struggles alone. — Thomas Merton

Photo: A long road ahead, http://www.publicphoto.org.

Honoring International Day of Peace

Let us honor peace within and outside ourselves. May there be peace in our hearts so we may have peace in our dwellings and in our world.

“On this International Day of Peace, let us pledge to teach our children the value of tolerance and mutual respect.  Let us invest in the schools and International Peaceteachers that will build a fair and inclusive world that embraces diversity.  Let us fight for peace and defend it with all our might.” UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

The United Nations invites all nations and people to honor a cessation of hostilities during this International Day of Peace, Sept. 21.

Prayer of St. Teresa of Avila

“Let nothing disturb you,

Nothing alarm you:

While all things fade away

God is unchanging.

Statue of the Madonna on background of water, sky and mountains.

Statue of the Madonna on background of water, sky and mountains.

Be patient

And you will gain everything:

For with God in your heart

Nothing is lacking.

God meets your every need.”

—   Teresa of Avila

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Honoring those who labor

A real-life "Rosie the Riveter" operating a hand drill at Vultee-Nashville, Tennessee, 1943.

A real-life “Rosie the Riveter” operating a hand drill at Vultee-Nashville, Tennessee, 1943.

On Labor Day in America, I remember those who work to care for themselves and their families and who through their efforts, helped build and sustain this country. I pray for those who want to work and can’t find employment. I believe that everyone who wants to work ought to be given the opportunity to do so.

“No work is insignificant. All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.” — Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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