I am hearing this mantra over and over in my head, “Do good and Be good.” It’s as insistent as Siri when I accidentally stay to the right when I should have gone left; rerouting, detouring me back, setting me on the path of enlightened awareness. “Shit,” I think. And heed the call, keep moving forward, less than tidy, I am nevertheless amazed by my progress.
Minnesota has been ripe with opportunities. I thought this was going to be the slow down time; a place where I could gather my thoughtful energies, sublime intentions and wide-cast aspirations and coast the wave of self-discovery at a softer, more languid, dare I say, midwestern pace. Not so….I am presented with countless expressions of goodness and I’m trying not to be surprised by any of them.
Here are a few that I bore witness to in St Paul MN today:
Bevie lights a candle for my father Bob Bob who died a little over three years ago. Always at the Statue of the Virgin Mary. “He loved her,” she whispers. I never knew that.
The domed ceiling of The Cathedral of Saint Paul. It’s just really great.
It was all in the kneeling….I guess, because suddenly, I got it!
Abundance is arriving in all kinds of fantastic, fuzzy redeemable packages. I always thought it would just be about money, or the right job or the perfect partner. I guess I just never had the softness from within to really be able to see the magnificence right in front of me in the small simple moments of expression usually emanating from others, or out of simple vistas, places of peace; always beckoning me to greater goodness.
It’s a beguiling lesson. And it seems to be repeating itself over and over and over again, in Minnesota of all places! I am humbled by the invitation to trust and surrender to the wisdom of my wide-open heart. Sometimes it hurts a lot to vulnerably submit in this way. But it’s happened too often, lately, for me to do anything but believe in it; in that great, gushy goodness as it mysteriously and magically springs forth and boldly reveals itself all around me.
My goodness, ( pun intended), I hope I’m up to the task.
I think I’ll take it day by day.