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Silent November

A thoughtful piece as always from: New Kilpatrick Church:

  
It’s too important to leave remembrance
to the definitions of others
or the memory of war
or the excuses of society

You have to leave it to the silence

Silence doesn’t let you explain
nor does it let you say sorry
nor does it let you define it all

It just leaves you with all the undefined and disorganised rawness:
the confusion and anger
the pain and loss
the unanswered questions
so that we hardly know how to respond
and says:
this can be the only real way to be genuinely moved
by the cost of every war

and while we stand in all our dignity
and respect
inside there is a chaos of images
and a tangle of questions
that makes us wonder what we do

that is only right

If we knew what it is we do
if we really knew
and if we understood why
really understood
we wouldn’t be silent every November

We wouldn’t need to

Stress busting…

Day three of the blogging challenge for November.

I came across this when I was looking for something else, as so often happens: I found it years ago on Kathryns’ blog. I had it pined up on my notice board for a while – to help with perspective when my congregation was going through a difficult time with their buildings (we eventually had to move out, and spent two years sharing with our Episcopal neighbours, until we negotiated a union with another congregation).

So today I share the 10 Commandments for reducing stress.

1. Thou shalt not be perfect, or even try.
2. Thou shalt not try to be all things to all people.
3. Thou shalt leave undone things that ought to be done.
4. Thou shalt not spread thyself too thin.
5. Thou shalt learn to say No.
6. Thou shalt schedule time for thyself and for thy support network.
7. Thou shalt switch off and do nothing regularly.
8. Thou shalt be boring, inelegant, untidy and unattractive at times.
9. Thou shalt not feel guilty.
10. Thou shalt very definitely not be thine own worst enemy, but thine own best friend.

  
Nothing says relaxation more than our cat!

Skimming stones

Today, another amazing picture by Brian Johnstone – skimming stones all the way to Ailsa Craig.

  

“Honour your being, release each and every struggle, gather strength from life’s storms, relax into the arms of spirit”

Jonathan Lockwood Huie