“The mind of God is all the mentality that is scattered over space and time, the diffused consciousness that animates the world.” Baruch Spinoza
August 4, 2020 Tuesday
I have always loved the Beatitudes. Probably because it was one of the few things taught by my Catholic school nuns that didn’t depend on guilt and fear, the twins of faith when I was young. So when #6 popped up today in my book of devotions, I knew I was meant to share it. I did do a series on the Beatitudes about a year ago and this format will allow me to quickly insert those posts and tag them for you to find easily. But not today!
So I missed a few days, but have posts started and in draft mode so I can add them when I have time. Because I have some fun things to share.
This morning I got up and settled into my soft seating “prayer chair” just in time to see a doe and her 2 fawns in the front field. Just like the alpacas do, when the drizzle started, their heads popped up, they stopped grazing and off they ran for shelter. The fawns were covered in spots. So beautiful.
Last night the light from outside our bedroom window was so bright. I said to Jay, “That’s what happened today! It was a full moon!” My day was so off track. How about yours?
Yesterday I started out with the best of intentions. I even had a schedule and if I had followed it to the letter, I would have gotten everything accomplished with time to spare, BUT now that my brain fog is lifting, I’m discovering deadlines I’ve let creep up and projects that need to be done immediately. It’s ok. I’m almost caught up. Without going into detail, I’m starting fresh today and I’m glad it’s raining. It’s cozy and comforting some days.
To make a long story about my discombobulated (don’t you love that word?) day short, Jay has been ordering movies “for me” from Netflix. We’ve been watching the oldies but goodies and some sweet new ones, like “Mary Poppins Returns”. Last night we watched the original Disney “Pinocchio” from 1940. I keep trying to tell Jay that Disney movies are very layered and always have interesting messages and the kids don’t usually get the deeper meaning. I missed this one entirely. Haven’t seen it in a while? It’s worth watching. You may remember that Pinocchio is a wooden marionette. We had a Geppetto (I still have G) and a Pinocchio marionette as kids. I thought Pinocchio was mine and Geppetto was my sister Janey’s but I don’t know where he went. We also had Cinderella. She was so beautiful. We loved playing with them but never got the puppet part down pat but that didn’t matter because they were fun. So Geppetto is an old wood carver with a heart of gold who makes the puppet Pinocchio and “when he wishes on a star” 🎼 his dreams come true. The blue fairy tells Pinocchio that “To become a real boy you must first prove yourself brave, truthful, and unselfish.” Then the adventure begins. How else would he prove himself without mistakes. But he meets up with an evil white haired man who wants little boys, “the bad ones” so he can teach them to do “bad things” and then he whispers in his evil cohort’s ears and they laugh. They take the boys (including Pinocchio) to a place called “Pleasure Island”. I’m not making this up. I haven’t seen this in a long time but notice any similarities? Frightening.
Well, that story wouldn’t go over too well today but it was a great lesson for us as kids. Next best thing to nuns. You can’t go to sleep with a scary story so we had to watch a Seinfeld. I love that show. You THINK you know what it’s about and that they’re all self absorbed singles (and they are!) talking about nothing but it’s so funny! Seinfeld is like a magician who has you focus on one thing so you don’t notice how he pulls off the magic. So this episode is about “The Sniffing Accountant”. It’s also about the judicious use of exclamation points. Or is it? I love it!
Remember to wash your hands, don’t touch your face, stay home but if you MUST go out, wear a mask and keep the length of a full grown llama (which is bigger than an alpaca) between you and the next person.
Have a blessed day!