Reflection for the Thursday after Ash Wednesday
Moses said to the people, “I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse.” Deuteronomy 30
The skies have finally cleared after several days of chilly gloom and the sun is bright. It’s one of those “blessing” days. At least so far. The previous two days have fit more in the “curse” category: I stubbed my toe for no good reason at all which reactivated an injury to my knee and yesterday I dropped a jar of coconut oil on the floor and of course it smashed and made a mess to clean up. Again, I dropped it for no good reason – it was more one of those “is” things. But today I’ll take as a blessing day – it’s bright and cheery and the temperature warming up.
Life is like that isn’t it? We get the blessings days and the curses days. And we try to figure out why or what happened or how we are responsible – or if someone else is responsible. Sometimes there’s a why and sometimes there isn’t. Sometimes it’s just an IS.
IS needs to be an acronym for something – let’s say “indeterminate suffering.”
The point is – we do. We have indeterminate sufferings and, for that matter, indeterminate blessings. It’s part of life. The task, again and again, is to bring ourselves to a place of peace with both. It’s easy to fight and rail against the curses; it’s easy to think the blessings our due.
Observe today how you react to the little blessings, the little curses. Or the big ones (and sometimes we’re better with the big ones than the little ones). Observe a tendency to react in anger, a suddenness to worry, a jump into stubbornness. A forgetfulness to give thanks.
And in your observation, turn to peace. After all, wouldn’t you rather be at peace?