See With New Eyes

My perspective matters to me. Your perspective is what’s important to you. 

And, try as we might, we each really do see things through our own lenses.

Sometimes we canot agree because we  really are just seeing different things. 

Here are my glasses. Can you give me yours?

Maybe we can see with new eyes!

Photo by Josh Calabrese on Unsplash

I Have a Dream

I have a dream …….

“I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia sons of former slaves and the  sons of former slave-owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.”
A short excerpt from the Speech by the Rev. Martin Luther King at the “March on Washington.” – 1963 (now 55 years ago)

There will be much written and said today about peace, ending racism, inequality in the workplace,  and minority civil rights.

We just want to ask one question:

“Are we able to sit together at the same table of brotherhood yet?”

How we answer that question tells us where we are in accomplishing the dream of Martin Luther King and all people who yearn for the continuing pursuit of being human with one another

Who will you invite to the table?

 

How Committed Are We to What We Believe?

Do we ever question what we REALLY believe? 

Obviously there was no REAL drummer boy in the sense that he was a factual person. He is an imaginary character in a Czech carol of unidentified origin.

BUT is this drummer boy still not somehow REAL, a real part of each of us that share the enthusiasm and exuberance of his message?

How committed are we to our message and to our hope in things not only greater but also beyond ourselves?

Infused with what we truly believe, with power and energy and limitless enthusiasm! 

Take this newer rendition in and and just maybe we can find time to think about these things during our Holiday break.

Affirming Companions

photo by Thibault Carron in Kirkjufell, Iceland

Sometimes, we owe it to ourselves to stop and learn again from “lower animals” what it means to affirm and be a companion. 

We live in a world where we are increasingly told to be aggressive rather than truly assertive; self-affirming rather than affirming and authentic to one another.

Is this the world we want to make, where our need for together-ness is met through likes on Facebook or followers on Instagram, as loneliness pervades our culture?

I found this in my email this morning from Seth Godin:

Important, popular or viral

 
Important work is easily dismissed by the audience.

It involves change and risk and thought.

Popular work resonates with the people who already like what you do.

Viral work is what happens when the audience can’t stop talking about what you did.

Every once in awhile, all three things will co-exist, but odds are, you’re going to need to choose.

At Roses in the Alley, we have chosen what we feel is the important work.
 
Can you help us by taking the time to stop and be a companion and affirm someone near you?
 
Hint: We really aren’t expecting many “likes” on this post.  It’s not popular, and certainly not viral, but it is important.
 

 

Who Are You These Days – An Original Presence

Who Are You These Days?  Are you an Original Presence?

We can define our lives with terms given to us by others, whether friends or adversaries. But isn’t this just reactionary, what everybody else is doing?

Who is writing the scripts of our lives? 

Can we be an original presence?

Consider this idea:

“… an original presence is needed, a presence in accord with our originality. The right to exist and to act anywhere and in any case does not derive from following others’ methods, but from what we are.

A presence is original when it springs forth from the consciousness of one’s own identity and one’s affection for it, and finds its consistence in this.”

-Notes from a talk by Luigi Giussani to a group of university students in Riccione, Italy, in October 1976

To be an original presence is to be authentic, the real you, not somebody that fits in with what other people think we ought to be. It isn’t about the Instagram loves and the Facebook likes. 

We obviously live and breathe within our current culture and often we are unconscious of how much it impacts us. We use someone else’s concepts, constructs, boundaries, conditions, agenda. 

Maybe it’s time to shut some of this out  a bit, and sit down with ourselves; time to listen to our core while we still can.

And so we are back to our original question  “Who are you?”

 

 

All Will Be Well – Close Up!

What does “All Will Be Well” look like close up?

How can we reconcile the events we meet every day with the ideas of hope and joy?

At least for us at Roses in the Alley, we find an answer in this ancient letter:

“whatever is true, whatever is honorable,
whatever is just, whatever is pure,
whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious,
if there is any excellence
and if there is anything worthy of praise,
think about these things.
Keep on doing what you have learned and received
and heard and seen in me.
Then the God of peace will be with you.”

– Paul to the Philippians (from a Roman prison – between A.D. 59 and 63)

It isn’t easy,  but it also isn’t difficult, really.

It requires awaking our spirits and choosing to accept a new lens freely given.

We would never suggest a denial of our realities. We would just offer the hope that reality  extends beyond the scope of our limited sight.